Nigerian prostitutes in Europe
The Hague––– The European Union is getting tougher on prostitution and the abuse of foreign women, mainly Africans, Caribbean and Latin Americans.
On Thursday, Spanish and Finnish police, with leads and assistance from other European law enforcement agencies, arrested 24 members of an alleged prostitution ring plundering on young Nigerian women, Europol stated on Thursday.
“The victims, mainly vulnerable young Nigerian women, were recruited in Nigeria and trafficked to Spain via Italy,” according to Europe’s Hague-based policing agency.
“Once in Spain they were forced into prostitution, mostly in the cities of Benidorm and Malaga, but also Madrid, Barcelona, Soria and Gandia (Valencia),” the Europol statement read.
Spanish law enforcement authorities arrested the gang members in several Spanish cities, but its leader was taken into custody in Helsinki, where “she was arrested by the police, thanks to effective international cooperation.”
The investigation began when investigators were alerted that two Nigerian women who were seeking asylum appeared to be victims of human trafficking, Europol said.
“Investigations exposed the presence of an organized crime group operating in Spain that had a big infrastructure in Nigeria, as well as links in Niger, Libya and Italy.”
The Nigerian women were smuggled to Spain where they were asked to seek international protection and asylum “so that they could work for the illicit outfit without problems in the event of being identified by the police,” Europol said.
The illicit prostitution group provided the victims with fake credentials to seek asylum, the Europol release added.
Prior, Spanish police kaput another syndicate prior this month that was coercing transsexuals into prostitution, after attracting most of them to Spain from Venezuela.