Four women released after being forced into prostitution
Four people have been arrested for sexual exploitation of Venezuelan women in the Canary Islands.
As part of the investigation, National Police agents released four victims of trafficking in human beings.
Those held for the alleged offences in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and in Lanzarote are a man and women of 35, 26, 36 and 38 years of age and all of Venezuelan nationality.
Those involved are related to women with economic needs in Venezuela and moved to the Canary Islands where they were forced into prostitution in homes and hostess clubs. They were told each had incurred a debt of 5,000 euros and had to pay it off.
The investigations began at the end of last year when police became aware of the existence of a criminal organisation, composed of women and men, dedicated to the trafficking of human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the province of Las Palmas.
Those involved captured young Venezuelans aged between 20 and 30 years.
The organisation covered the expenses of transporting the women to Gran Canaria, hence the alleged debt. They were taken to clubs and homes located in the municipalities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Telde, Mogán and San Bartolomé de Tirajana and in the town of Arrecife on Lanzarote.