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Spanish National Police dismantles a criminal organization that prostituted Colombian women in Spain and France

Agents of the Spanish National Police have dismantled a criminal organization that allegedly was dedicated to capturing Colombian women to prostitute them in France and Spain. The victims, in a very unfavorable socioeconomic situation in their country of origin, were deceived with false job offers caring for the elderly in France. Once in the Gallic country they were forced to practice prostitution for a time, until they were transferred to Spain, where they continued to be prostituted in dating apartments located in Seville. The network was also in charge of taking erotic photographs of the women that it published on web pages offering their sexual services. At least one of the women, upon arrival in Spain, was repeatedly sexually assaulted by one of the members of the organization.

The investigation began in December of last year when the National Police learned of the existence in Seville of a criminal organization that was dedicated to trafficking women for sexual exploitation.

The investigations carried out allowed the agents to verify that the disjointed network was dedicated to attracting women of Colombian nationality who lived in a very precarious situation in their country of origin to those who offered a decent job in the care of the elderly in France.

Once the offer was accepted, the victims flew to Paris on a trip paid for by the organization and accompanied by one of its members in surveillance and control functions. Already in the Gallic country, women became aware of the deception to which they had been subjected, being forced to engage in prostitution coercively. After a while, they were transferred to our country, where they continued to be sexually exploited in abusive conditions in one of the dating flats that the network owned in Seville.

Publication on web pages

To obtain clients, the organization published erotic photographs of women on sexual encounter websites, offering their sexual services both in the flats they controlled and in the homes of the clients themselves.

In the police operation carried out, the arrest of four people has been carried out. One of them is charged with crimes of human trafficking and sexual assault; the remaining three, crimes related to prostitution.

Against trafficking there is no deal

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 the e-mail to facilitate citizen collaboration and the anonymous and confidential reporting of this type of crime, the call not being reflected in the telephone bill.