Scores freed in sex-trafficking raid

Under-age girls held as prostitutes in illegal ‘castle’ in Cuevas del Almanzora

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The fortress-like building where the raid took place (Photo: Richard Torné)

By Richard Torné

The Guardia Civil last week raided a fortress-like building in Cuevas del Almanzora as part of a nationwide operation to smash a major prostitution ring.

During the operation, which was carried out in the early hours of Tuesday morning (November 28), up to 13 Nigerian women – some believed to be underage girls – who had allegedly been forced into prostitution were also freed.

The raid in the Realengo neighbourhood was planned from Madrid and involved scores of officers – some on horseback – as well as a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing cameras. The operation took place in secrecy as local police had not been informed of the raid.

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