TRAFFICKING rings are allegedly targeting foreign tourists and expats by flying women over to holidaymakers’ favourite destinations in Spain to offer sexual services.
Most of the young women are allegedly victims of sex trafficking, flown over from Venezuela (among other countries) to the Spanish peninsula in hopes ‘of a better life’.
According to British Press, the prostitution rates are soaring with a recorded 1,200 per cent increase of Venezuela victims falling prey to prostitution between 2014 and 2017.
The women are allegedly located at hotspots such as Alicante, ‘we call them the roundabout girls’, an expat reportedly told British press.
Claims state that the women appear to be very young, some could even be minors, and hang around these locations all day as they are ‘popular’ amongst locals, tourists and expats.
The Spanish police allegedly move the women along but the group soon return.
The women are presumably allocated in Spain due to easy tourist visa access as Venezuela was once a Spanish colony.
The human traffickers allegedly fund the women’s travel costs that is later asked to be returned, forcing them to work as prostitutes to pay their debts.
A charity known as SICAR Cat, that provides support to sex trafficking victims, reportedly stated that the number of women falling prey to this pimp tactic is increasingly high.