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Six women freed in La Cuesta and gang arrested for prostitution network 

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Seven people have been arrested in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna for forcing women into prostitution.

Police investigating the illicit organisation discovered that several floors of a property in La Cuesta were being used to keep women against their will.

The seven people arrested, aged between 22 and 53 years, face accusations of crimes against trafficking in human beings and against the rights of foreign citizens.

Six women have been released, aged between 18 and 23.

The investigations began last October when the National Police were told that a Spanish citizen, from Colombian origin, was engaged in bringing women of Colombian nationality to Spain. For this, he used the system of invitation letters when the ultimate goal was to prostitute them and profit from sexual activity.

Investigations resulted in the identification of a group with family ties., In addition, it was possible to identify different victims of the organisation on several floors in the the area of La Cuesta which is in the municipality of La Laguna.

“These women were subjected to permanent control through video surveillance cameras, as well as through the mobile terminals that the organisation provided them with,” said a police spokesman.

The ringleader and his partner were arrested as they tried to flee to Colombia. Among their possessions were found 4,000 euros in cash in European and Colombian currency, eight mobile terminals, a laptop, a camera and several digital storage devices.

Police say the network has now been completely broken up.