Two men arrested for burning a woman who refused to prostitute herself in Valencia, Spain


The Local Police of Valencia arrested two men on Monday morning accused of burning a 28-year-old girl causing serious injuries in La Torre, a suburban neighbourhood in the city.


One of the two detainees, 44, is the victim’s uncle, with whom she lived. The first hypothesis is that the brutal attack was a retaliation because the young woman refused to settle an ongoing debt. The Guardia Civil has taken over the investigation.

Agents from the Coexistence and Security Unit of the Local Police went at one o’clock in the morning on Monday to the Real de Madrid avenue alerted by a call from an emergency telephone number.
Upon arrival, the police found the girl with burns on her face, neck, chest and hands. Next to her was her uncle.
The agents requested an ambulance to transfer the woman, but due to the delay in medical services and the apparent severity of her injuries, they decided to transport her directly to La Fe Hospital in a police vehicle.
At first, still in the street, the woman told the agents that someone in the neighbourhood had set her on fire after spraying her clothes with alcohol “for a drug debt.” Her story was ”abruptly” interrupted by her uncle, as recorded by police procedure.
Already in hospital, on the way to being treated, when asked one more time by police officers, the woman explained that in the aggression, in addition to the alleged trafficker, her own uncle had participated, who at that time was in the waiting room. She told the police ”they burned me for not wanting to do what they wanted.” The woman assured that she had not told it in the presence of her family member because of fear.
The officers detained the victim’s uncle in the hospital and found him carrying three blue gas-filled lighters. The arrested individual said they were his son’s, an explanation that did not convince the police. The other suspect was arrested shortly thereafter by Guardia Civil agents at his home in the La Torre neighbourhood. Both men are being accused of attempted homicide.


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Luke Prothero