Police arrest gang of seven and free 30 girls coered into prostitution
Police in Spain have arrested seven people who forced children into the sex trade and coerced them to take part in pornographic shows with the promise of substantial cash rewards.
Nearly 30 victims, many of them “captured” via Facebook ads, have been freed from two hostess clubs in Murcia.
Most of them were aged 18 and 19 but had been exploited since they were under-age. Two of the girls were still minors.
“They were offered work as waitresses which then led to their sexual exploitation,” said a police spokesman. “Among those arrested was the ringleader who had sex with three children interested in taking part in a highly paid pornographic show, as well as a client of the club who also had relationships with them while taking cocaine.”
The clubs where the girls worked were fronts for brothels where clients were provided with hydromassage showers and beds.
Spanish police say the victims were recruited via the social network sites by two women who tempted them with bogus jobs and high wages.
“The girls responded because of the state they were in. They never realised they going to be sexually exploited.”
The seven detainees face charges relating to the prostitution and corruption of minors, against the rights of workers and belonging to a criminal group.
Labour officers who first visited the clubs saw three very young girls there but they denied any involvement with the business and claimed they were customers.
However, following further investigations, more girls were found who admitted having to work as prostitutes.
Once they had answered ads on Facebook, they were picked up by bogus taxi drivers.
Raids were carried out in Santomera and Murcia where various electronic devices were seized, together with cash, prostitution-related effects, documentation and the vehicle in which they were transferred to the clubs.