Sex slaves from Nigeria freed
Women were forced to work in brothels to pay off 'debt'
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]cia.es
The operation was carried out by the National Police