Spanish police say they have busted a human trafficking ring that has been forcing Chinese women into prostitution in Spain
The gang approached women in China and promised them well-paid jobs in Europe, Police Commissioner Carlos Rio-Miranda Iglesias said on Tuesday.
Each woman paid the gang between €8,000 and €10,000 (US$9,100 to US$11,400). After being flown to Spain, however, they were told they owed money to the gang, were being kept in apartments in unsanitary conditions and forced to work 24 hours a day as prostitutes, Rio-Miranda Iglesias told a news conference.
The gang took away the women’s passports and anyone who resisted the gang’s demands was drugged, he said.
The apartments were located in the Spanish capital of Madrid and in the northern Spanish cities of Zaragoza and Bilbao.
The police followed a lead and arrested 63 people, including 60 Chinese nationals, two Spaniards and one Pakistani.
The suspected ringleader in Spain was Chinese, although the real bosses of the gang are believed to be in China, police said.