The Civil Guard and the National Police, in a joint operation with the Romanian Police, have dismantled a criminal organizationDeldicated to trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labor exploitation in very extreme conditions.
In a statement, the Civil Guard has reported that a total of eight members of the same family have been arrested in the Civilian town of Sanlúcar la Mayor for capturing people in Romania to exploit them in agricultural work, after the victims went to Spain under the promise ofDelcent work and prosperous living conditions.
The origin of the investigation dates back to June 2019 after having knowledge of two complaints filed by two victims in the towns of Villena (Alicante) and CoriaDell Rio (Seville).
Although the complaints appeared to be unrelated due to the large spatial and temporal margin, the researchers found links such as the modus operandi used to recruit victims, nationality of the authors, as well as coincidences in places where they were held and exploited for work among others.
It was then that the agents of both police forces joined forces to coordinate and investigate the events, the information provided by the Romanian Police through the Division of International Cooperation by the Interior Attaché is essential for the success of the investigation.
The researchers found that, after taking their passports and mobile phones, they were employed in agricultural work imposing working conditions of up to more than ten hours a day and profiting from that situation of special vulnerability that they presented.
Each person contracted with the organization aDelbt of 500 euros to formalize the employment situation, as well as food and accommodation expenses, which were discounted from the precarious salary that they did not receive when having to pay the interest generated by theDelbt contracted.
The members of the organization also adopted surveillance measures completely isolating the victims, not allowing them to contact their families or leave the home unattended.
On December 23, the agents made two simultaneous searches in the Civilian town of Sanlúcar la Mayor, proceeding to the arrest of eight people and obtaining the release of another ten who were crammed on mattresses and dirty blankets arranged on the ground, without electricity no hot water.
Among those released was a child under the age of 15 in a fairly advanced stage of pregnancy, while in addition to the personal documentation of the victims, up to a total of 25 mobile phones that were turned off and sealed in a bag in the custody of the members of the organization, as well as other effects and data storageDelvices.
TheDeltainees are charged with crimes of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labor exploitation, belonging to a criminal organization, falsification of documents, and one of them also usurpation of marital status, and three of them entered prison.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.