By Jennifer Leighfield • 27 January 2021 • 12:18
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A MAN was arrested in Malaga for holding a girl, 15, who had been reported missing in December, against her will.
He had met her online and allegedly kept moving her from one apartment to another, retaining her against her will and is accused of sexually abusing her because she is under the legal age of consent.
According to local Spanish daily Diario Sur, the National Police began investigating when the girl was reported missing in December by a relative.
The girl has been in the care of the Junta de Andalucia since the age of four, although when she went missing she had been staying with a direct relative.
Police discovered that she was in a relationship with a man from Malaga, 22, who she had met online. They found that she was being held in apartments in the Palma-Palmilla and Los Asperones areas of Malaga to avoid her being found by the police.
When he was located, he was charged with kidnapping and crimes against sexual freedom.
Following his arrest, and in collaboration with other police forces, the young girl was found after searching several properties both in Malaga city and throughout the province.
She was taken to a health centre and found to be in good health before being taken to a centre for minors, according to the Junta de Andalucia.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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