National Police arrest two Romanian men in human trafficking case

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AGENTS OF the National Police have released a young girl who had been forced into prostitution for seven years in various clubs in Alicante.

Under the National Police Plan against Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation, two pimps, aged 44 and 45, who had European arrest and surrender orders issued by Romania, have been detained.

One of the men is also charged with a crime of sexual assault, as during the years in which he kept his victim captive, he repeatedly abused her.

Both men are of Romanian nationality and had in force European orders of Detention and Delivery issued by Romania. They face a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for their participation in the crimes of trafficking in human beings and belonging to a criminal organisation.

The investigation first began when agents of the National Police received falsified documents and later found that they belonged to a fugitive of Romanian nationality – claimed by the authorities of his country for crimes related to trafficking in human beings and membership in a criminal organisation.

The second man was in the same situation.

After conducting a series of investigations, agents discovered that they lived together with a 28-year-old girl who had been forced into prostitution for seven years in various clubs in Alicante and also found that they had sometimes transferred her to other locations in La Junquera.

Apparently, the couple met their victim in Rome when she was 21-years-old, where they invited her to travel with them to Spain with the promise of work, accommodation and support guaranteed once they were in the country.

When they arrived in Spain, they settled down in the Alicante town of Alfas del Pi where they forced her to engage in prostitution and seized all the money that she earnt, ‘paying’ her only six or seven euros a day.

After agents of the National Police identified the victim, they quickly arrested the two men.

In their native country, they are said to have deceived others girls to travel to Spain under the false promise of a fixed contract of work and a higher quality of life, before forcing them into prostitution without any economic remuneration.

In addition to crimes relating to prostitution and the European arrest and surrender orders for the crimes of trafficking in human beings and membership of a criminal organisation, both men are accused of committing a crime of documentary falsification and one of sexual assault.

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