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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Nov 20 1999 - 20:54:59 EST


                POLICE ARREST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FORCED INTO ...

OTC 11-10-99 2:28 PM

 Madrid, Nov 10, 1999 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Spanish police have broken up a
ring trafficking in illegal immigrants and arrested 32 people, including
22 South American, African and European women who were forced into
prostitution.
   Police on Wednesday said the arrests were made during a weekend raid on
a hotel outside Madrid that was being used as a brothel.
   Twenty-two women from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba,
Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Eastern Europe were arrested for entering the
country illegally.
   Ten other people who allegedly ran the illegal immigration ring and
forced the women into prostitution were also arrested, police said.
   They said documents seized at the hotel indicated the gang had netted
some 1.5 million dollars in the past 10 months. While prostitution is
legal in Spain, pimping is a crime. EFE
              nal/jim
          Copyright (c) 1999. Agencia EFE S.A.

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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