Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

  • 10 victims were freed when raids were carried out in Santiago de Compostela
  • Police say the gang homed in on poor people with physical and mental issues
  • The victims were promised jobs in the hospitality sector, as well as housing
  • But they were kept against their will in appalling conditions and made to work as beggars and prostitutes

Police in Spain have smashed a human trafficking gang which captured victims in Romania and forced them to work as human statues in tourist hotspots.

Various wigs and outfits were seized when raids were carried out in Santiago de Compostela and 10 victims have been freed.

Four were men and six were women, who were also forced to become prostitutes.

Police say the organisation homed in on poor people with physical and mental problems and offered them false promises of work if they came to Spain.

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Police in Spain have smashed a human trafficking gang which forced victims to work as human statues in tourist hotspots

They then kept them against their will in appalling conditions and made them work as beggars, kneeling down for hours on end, or becoming mime artists and human statues to collect money from holidaymakers.

The victims in Romania were promised jobs in the hospitality sector, as well as housing.

Some of them came to Spain with family members and were locked up in over-crowded substandard housing with ' deplorable health, hygiene and security conditions.'

'Those investigated forced the victims to work on the streets of Santiago de Compostela, begging on their knees during days that lasted all day regardless of weather conditions,' a police spokesman said.

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Ten victims were freed when police raided a property in Santiago de Compostela

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Police say the organisation homed in on poor people with physical and mental problems and offered them false promises of work if they came to Spain

'They also forced to work as mimes or human statues, raising money without time to rest or eat. All the money raised was immediately given to the ringleaders.

'The detainees did not hesitate to threaten them and their relatives and were especially violent when some of these people became ill and could not go out.'

The women were forced to practice prostitution in a club in Santiago de Compostela, where they were threatened and controlled at all times by the owner of the premises.

One of the victims was sexually assaulted on an ongoing basis by the leader of the organisation and was forced to take abortion pills.

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They then kept them against their will in appalling conditions and made them work as beggars

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The victims in Romania were promised jobs in the hospitality sector, as well as housing

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Some of them came to Spain with family members and were locked up in over-crowded substandard housing

Two of the three people arrested are Romanian citizens and one Colombian woman.

In addition, the agents have requested three European Detention and Extradition Orders for members who are residing outside of Spain.

The National Police's trafficking telephone number is 900 10 50 90 and its email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., both of which are staffed by police specialized in the matter and available to the public 24 hours a day.

Since October of last year, more than 2,000 communications have been received.

Article from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6326217/Human-trafficking-gang-forced-vulnerable-victims-work-HUMAN-STATUES.html