ALMOST 16,000 bootleg items were seized by police in Fuengirola in 2012.
Twenty-one people were arrested for crimes against intellectual and industrial property rights.
Now local Police have reported that the ‘looky-looky’ men street traders have become more aggressive and have attacked them. They say they are more organised and alert each other if the police are in the area.
Sixty-two per cent of the seized bootleg items were CDs and DVDs, the local councillor for Citizen Safety, Rodrigo Romero, said. Other products included sunglasses, watches, handbags, underwear, wallets, belts, perfumes and clothes.
The councillor said that throughout the summer, there can be up to 200 ‘looky-looky’ men on the local seafront promenade. “They are no longer immigrants whose only way of surviving is this type of illegal activity” he said, “there are some who come over by plane, stay here three months and make money before returning to their countries of origin.”
Romero asked local residents to help by not buying the products. “People have to be aware of how much this harms local trade and allows for mafias and the white slave trade to continue” he added.