By Isha Sesay • 21 November 2019 • 15:30
ARRESTED: An investigation found that women were being kept in sub-human conditions in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Credit: Palma National Police.
THE National Police has arrested a 35-year-old woman in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for allegedly exploiting foreign women for sexual purposes.
An investigation found that the woman forced the foreigners into prostitution at homes in the capital, imposing ‘sub-human and abusive conditions’.
The detainee contacted women in Colombia, offering to pay for their plane ticket to Mallorca and promising that she would help them to obtain residency in Spain to be able to start work once they arrived.
The woman instead used them for prostitution, with the women forced to remain inside the properties in Palma de Mallorca for a minimum of 21 days, where they had to be available 24 hours a day for clients.
Officers also revealed that the woman took 50% of the money earned by the exploited women, many of them single mothers with children in Colombia. The victims also had to pay the woman between €25 and €30 a day.
We at Euro Weekly News understand that during an inspection of a property, the National Police found that the exploited women had to sleep together crowded in bunk beds and that they did not have access to a bathroom.
The woman has been charged with crimes against workers’ rights, illegal trafficking and sexual exploitation.
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