Fighting violence against women is a priority issue for society
The National Police, through its Family and Women’s Service Unit and its Central Unit for Illegal Immigration and Documentary False Networks , has served almost 35,000 victims of gender-based violence and released more than 450 victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation so far in 2019. These figures were presented in Madrid by the Secretary of State of Security, Ana Botella.
During her speech, she pledged: “The fight against violence against women is a priority issue for society and, in this sense, Spain is an international benchmark.”
The event was also attended by the director general of the National Police, Francisco Pardo Piqueras and the police officers of the units directly involved in the fight against violence against women.
According to the data of the UFAM, during the first ten months of the year 2019, there was an increase of almost ten per cent in the crimes of gender violence, domestic violence and sexual violence compared to the same period of the year 2018. In total, during the first ten months, 62,797 crimes related to these three types of violence were known, which represents 3.57% of the total number of crimes of any kind registered in Spain. Of that amount, 40,477 were for gender-based violence, that is, violence that a man exerts against a woman when there is or has been a sentimental relationship between them. Cases of domestic violence, which is one that occurs within the family in any direction – except from men to women when there is a relationship – 16,759 cases were registered; while for sexual violence, which is the one submitted by a person who compels another to carry out a certain sexual conduct against their will, 5,561 events were recorded, 7.81% more than in the same period of the year previous.
In that period of ten months, the National Police has made a total of 40,919 arrests within the scope of the UFAM, 7.68% more than in the same period of the previous year, which means that two out of ten arrested in Spain, specifically 20.19%, is for crimes committed against the family or against women. Of this figure, 27,733 were for crimes of gender violence.
The UFAM has accounted for 54,860 victims of competed crimes within the scope of their competences, up 8.80% more than in the same period of 2018.
This unit has dismantled during this year a total of 54 criminal organisations dedicated to trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation, labour or forced begging. Of these, 44 were directed against groups dedicated to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. In this area, 730 administrative inspections were also carried out as a preventive activity in the exercise of prostitution, of which 63% were carried out in alternate clubs. In these inspections, 4,303 people at risk were detected.
By nationalities, the victims of human trafficking were, for the most part, Venezuelan, Paraguayan and Colombian, while the victims of sexual exploitation came, above all, from China, Colombia and Spain.
In addition, nine operations were carried out against groups engaged in labour exploitation. In is This matter was carried out, as a preventive activity in work activity centres, 2,160 administrative inspections, of which 32% were carried out in hostels. In these inspections 6,135 people at risk were identified.