By Tara Rippin • 10 February 2019 • 14:30
PONIENTE BEACH: Well-kept promenades are one of Benidorm’s principal assets
Photo credit: Benidorm town hall
THIRTEEN suspected members of a human trafficking network have been arrested in the province of Guipuzcoa and two Colombian women freed from a house in San Sebastian.
The detainees are also accused of selling cocaine to ‘customers’ forcing the women to act as dealers.
The Interior Ministry believes the leaders of the criminal group have laundered around €6 million since 2014, through a network of fictitious companies and bank accounts abroad.
It claims the organisation had member in Spain and Colombia, where the profits of the business were directed.
According to press reports, the women lived in crowded conditions and had to sign fictitious room rental contracts.
They are said to have been controlled by the head of the network through other women, who ‘made sure they were available all day without the possibility of rejecting any client’.
A judicial order has been issued for the closure of the San Sebastian property while investigations continue ‘to locate other possible members of the criminal organisation’.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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