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Nineteen women freed from hostess clubs in Murcia 

The fight against people trafficking in Spain has led to the arrest of 20 people accused of sexually exploiting more than 200 women in hostesses clubs in the region of Murcia.

The victims, mainly Latin American women in very precarious situations, were captured in their countries of origin under false offers of employment and, finally, were sexually and laborally exploited in hostess clubs. The operation – in which more than 100 agents have participated – has ended with raids on five addresses and two hostels in Murcia; 100,000 euros in cash, seven vehicles, a simulated firearm, numerous white weapons and narcotic substances have been intervened. Nineteen women have been freed.
The police investigation began when the agents became aware of the existence of several hostess clubs, located in the municipalities of Cartagena and Murcia, in which Latin American women were allegedly exploited. After months of intense investigation, the agents verified the existence of a criminal organisation, led by a well-known and dangerous family clan, that exploited women and women in different clubs alternate on their property. In addition, they observed that those investigated extended their illegal activity to drug trafficking.
“The exploiters captured them with false job offers in Spain and took care of all the expenses generated by their displacement to the peninsula. On the same day of their arrival, they were transferred to the hostess clubs – property of the organisation – where they were informed that they should practice prostitution to pay the debt incurred. All this under strict control and a comprehensive sanctions regime,” said a police spokesman.
This operation is part of the National Police Plan against Trafficking in Human Beings for the purpose of Sexual Exploitation. The National Police has the telephone line 900 10 50 90 and an email treat@policia.es to facilitate citizen collaboration and the complaint, anonymous and confidential, of these types of crimes, not being reflected in the phone bill.