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Shocking toll of vice gang 

The Spanish authorities have warned they will do everything within their power to stop the human trade of prostitution into the country.

This follows shocking revelations of the case of eight young women who have just been released from their life of vice at the hands of a cruel gang on the mainland. These young women were coerced, mainly from China, with the promise of a better life and jobs but found themselves trapped and forced into prostitution.

It is also being reported that members of staff in consular offices in various countries may have participated by allowing the issue of false papers. Full investigations are continuing.

The details were released by police in a press conference in Madrid. Eight people have so far been arrested.

The young Asian girls, whose air fares were paid, were brought into Spain via Latvia, France and Austria. They were taken from Madrid-Barajas airport to houses and told they had to become prostitutes in order to pay off alleged debts of between 15,000 and 20,000 euros.

Their passports were confiscated and they had to offer sexual services 24 hours a day, without any protection. They were kept under close watch and often moved from house to house. Police found abortion pills from China as well as 4,000 euros in cash and knives.

They also unearthed a computer network which advertised pictures of the girls and details of a money laundering operation through which payments were demanded from the victims’ families back home in China.

The authorities say they will carry out extensive research to stop such criminal networks operating in Spain and connections with China.