WATCH: Immigrant child kidnapping ring in south of Spain smashed

KIDNAPPED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN: The gang even threatened to kill the kids or take their organs for illegal trafficking if the families did not stump up the money. Photo credit: Policia Nacional

POLICE have broken up a criminal network which kidnapped immigrant children.

According to police the gang smuggled unaccompanied minors into Spain in exchange for money, usually bringing them in clandestinely on rubber dinghies from North Africa.

If they managed to get the youngsters into the country without being detected by law enforcement they handed them over to other gang members.

If they ended up in centres for immigrant minors in Cadiz, the criminal organisation got them out as soon as possible, taking them to properties in La Mojonera in Almeria where they held them prisoner until their families in Morocco handed over the equivalent of €500.

The gang even threatened to kill the children or take their organs for illegal trafficking if the families did not stump up the money.

Police said the network would also grab underage children trafficked by other gangs.

The operation led to six arrests, four in Almeria, one in Cadiz, one in La Linea de la Concepcion and another in Jerez de la Frontera.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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