ON Monday morning police in Catalonia launched a raid against human trafficking and sexual exploitation with 20 properties searched in cities including Barcelona, Sabadell and Terrassa.
Around 30 people are thought to have been detained for the enforced prostitution of Nigerian women in Barcelona.
Among the suspects are a number of Nigerians and they are part of a wider criminal gang known as the Supreme Eiye Confraternity. The organisation is believed to have brought women from Africa to Spain with the offer of a new job and a new life.
Dozens of women were targeted by the group and were charged large fees for their transportation. Upon their arrival the women were forced into prostitution in order to pay their debts to the human traffickers.
The same group has been raided by Catalan police in 2011 and the arrested members were at the High Court in Spain last week where they faced trial for forcing Nigerian women into prostitution.
Witnesses to the case however have disappeared and the notoriety of the gang has been blamed for the reluctance of people to give testimony.