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Police arrest new gang of human traffickers

News Date: Friday, June 24, 2005
Submitted by : Andalucia Web Site S.L

24 June 2005

VALENCIA Spanish police have broken up a gang of Romanian human traffickers who were faking identity documents and credit cards.

Twenty-two people have been arrested, the majority of them Romanians, between Valencia and Alicante in south-east Spain.

In the past month, police have broken a similar gang involved in prostituting Eastern European women who were brought to Spain on false pretences.

The investigation began in 2003, after a Romanian girl claimed she had been forced into prostitution by a gang of her countrymen.

The gang specialised in brining Romanian women and often under-age girls - to Spain to force them into prostitution, using fake

The leaders of the gang were two Spaniards and two Romanians, named only as Alex and Nicusor D.

Police seized false passports, identity papers, credit cards, scanners, computers, printers and one fire arm and one fake gun.

After an earlier operation against Eastern European human traffickers, one suspect, Lucian Mihaj Ispas, was found dead in a river in Portugal in December 2004.

He had been killed by another gang who wanted to gain control of the Romanian prostitution business in Spain.

Earlier this month, police broke up a gang who were trafficking Brazilian prostitutes into Spain.

They were being forced to perform in clubs in Extremadura and Andalucia.

In May, 14 members of another gang were arrested in Alcanices, near Zamora.

They had forced Brazilian women to work as prostitutes in conditions of "semi-slavery".

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