Sex slaves from Nige­ria freed

Women were forced to work in broth­els to pay off 'debt'

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By Dave Jones THREE women forced to work as sex slaves in broth­els in Ali­cante province have been freed by Na­tional Po­lice.

The vic­tims were brought to Spain via a hor­rific jour­ney from Nige­ria.

This saw them trans­ported over­land to war-torn Libya, and then taken with refugees to Italy ‘in boats which were scarcely nav­i­ga­ble’.

Once in Europe the women were brought to Benidorm, where they told that they had run up a large debt which they would have to clear by work­ing as pros­ti­tutes.

They were then taken to broth­els in Ali­cante city and Al­faz del Pi.

A Na­tional Po­lice spokesman ex­plained that the women were ‘com­pletely iso­lated due to the lan­guage bar­rier’.

They had to work ev­ery day of the week ‘for all the time that the club was open’.

He noted that or­gan­ised crime of­fi­cers had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion last Fe­bru­ary into two gangs in­volved in hu­man traf­fick­ing.

They found that a mar­ried cou­ple run­ning the two broth­els were ‘ben­e­fit­ting from the vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing’, along with other women who were in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Their ac­tiv­i­ties were earn­ing them large amounts of money which they laun­dered through front com­pa­nies.

Of­fi­cers raided their sex clubs and a ‘lux­ury chalet’, where they found ac­counts show­ing the pay­ments made by clients.

They un­cov­ered € 91,501 and £2,250 in cash, which had been hid­den un­der floor­boards, in­side a toi­let, and in a safe.

They also found jew­ellery un­der a jacuzzi, as well as im­pound­ing five high-value ve­hi­cles. The cou­ple have been ar­rested and sent to prison on re­mand.

A third per­son has also been de­tained but no de­tails of the sus­pect have been re­leased.

The spokesman ex­plained that the po­lice op­er­a­tion was launched as part of their drive to end hu­man traf­fick­ing for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

He re­minded that peo­ple can de­nounce any such crimes by call­ing 900 10 50 90 or send­ing an email to [email protected]­

The op­er­a­tion was car­ried out by the Na­tional Po­lice

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