Police carrying out raids in Ibiza freed 21 Nigerian women kept on the Spanish mainland in the winter before being taken to the holiday island for the summer, and forced to work 14 hours a day.
Police revealed that one of them was just 16 years of age. A major operation carried out by the Spanish police in association with the Office of Criminal Investigation in Germany and Europol has led to the arrest of 24 suspects.
“The network captured very young victims from poor homes in Nigeria, deceiving them with false job offers in Spain. Once here, they were forced into prostitution in marathon days, being beaten if they did not earn the money demanded by the gang,” said a police spokesman.
The vulnerable women were given offers “too good to refuse” in view of their poor circumstances but once captured, were unable to escape. They were subjected to voodoo rituals and sworn to loyalty contracts under the threat of family members being killed.
They were smuggled into Europe on boats and plane. They were then told they would have to pay up to £50,000 to be freed and could do so through prostitution. Ibiza was chosen for the summer because of the high influx of tourists.
They were kept in one apartment and only allowed out occasionally to buy food or to keep an appointment with a client. “If they didn’t earn €1,000 a day, they would be forced to kneel for hours and beaten with sticks and brooms,” said the spokesman. .
5 members of the gang were found to be members of “Supreme Eiye Confraternity”. They send money made to Nigeria via Madrid where a bar was used as the front. 7 properties were raided in Spain and Germany and 20 bank accounts blocked.
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