The Provincial Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has sentenced a network of six people to almost 90 years in prison. Women transported from Nigeria to Spain to be prostitutes in Tenerife, Madrid and Benidorm.
The sentence, made public on Tuesday, certifies the crimes of human trafficking, forced prostitution and illegal immigration.
Court has imposed a payment of 10,000 euros to the victims as compensation. The network took advantage of the women’s precarious economic situation and after moving them to the coast of Libya, they embarked on boats to reach Italy.
From there, they were accompanied by plane to Madrid by a member of the organization and were housed in flats both in the capital and in the south of Tenerife and Benidorm. The women were forced to practice prostitution, firstly as a way of paying the debt incurred during the trip, estimated between 30,000 and 35,000 euros.
The women, who were asylum seekers, lived in poor conditions – they slept stacked on mattresses on the floor – they were barely allowed to leave the houses and worked from 8 pm to 7 am without resting.