Two young women released from prostitution den in Lanzarote
Police have freed two young girls who were being kept against their will in Lanzarote and forced to work as prostitutes.
A 29-year-old woman of Nigerian nationality was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation.
Police say she was part of a bigger international gang which captured their victims in their homeland and threatened them with voodoo curses if they failed to oblige.
The girls were freed in Arrecife and were being kept in the home of the woman arrested for human trafficking.
“The women were picked up in Nigeria and cheated with promises of a better life in Spain, ” said a police spokes-man. They sailed on a small boat from Libya to Italy in very bad conditions and had to pay for the journey. In some of the boats, there might have been up to 500 people, with the journey lasting around seven days. Once in Italy, physical and sexual assaults began on the women, who were also being held in the organisation’s homes for weeks without food or water.
Documents for them were falsified and they were transferred to Spain where the ‘madam’ took care of them and began the regime of sexual exploitation.
The gang told them their debt was between 20,000 to 55,000 euros and the only way they could pay this off was to work as prostitutes.
The investigation began in the year 2015, when, following various anonymous reports, the agents became aware that Nigerian women were subjected to sexual exploita-tion in Lanzarote. At the time, police investigations revealed the existence of a criminal group dedicated to trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation with ramifications in other countries of the European Union. The women were required to tout for business along the public highway and to work all hours of the day and night. The two released women had been put under protection and housed in a special centre for victims of human trafficking.