Monday, November 11, 2013

Spanish police arrest 25 Nigerians for ‘sex trafficking’

Spanish police say they have arrested
25 people in a sex-trafficking ring that
brought women from Nigeria to work
as prostitutes.
The women, allegedly lured with the
promise of good jobs in Europe, were
first flown to Mexico or Brazil, travelling
on false identity documents.
From there, they were flown to Paris,
then smuggled into Spain to work in
the sex trade, police say.
Five women who were victims of the
sex ring were freed in the raids.
Police found one member of the gang
performing an abortion on one of the
five women, reports the BBC.
Arrests were made across Spain – in
Madrid, Toledo, Cantabria and Palma
de Mallorca.
More than 100 vans concealing luxury
goods were also seized.
The gang used the vans to launder
their profits and send them back to
Lagos, police say.
The vans, with dark-tinted windows
and welded doors, were stocked full of
beer but had luxury items hidden
deeper inside.
Goods worth an estimated 5m euros
(£4.1m; $6.6m) were found in 94 vans
seized in Madrid and another 26 in the
port of Valencia, including high-end
televisions and cases of alcohol.

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