Sunday, April 08, 2007

Spanish police detain members of int'l ring trading in people

ITAR-TASS News Agency, Russia
April 7, 2007 Saturday 02:36 PM EST

Police in the Spanish province of Catalonia have detained members of an international criminal ring that traded in people.

The detention took place in the resort region of Costa Brava, police officials said.

The grouping that engaged in trafficking East-European women for sexual slavery in Spain included citizens of Albania, Russia, Armenia and residents of Kosovo.

A spokesman for the Russian Consulate General in Barcelona told Itar-Tass Saturday there had been no official notifications on the issue from the police or local agencies of power, although Russian diplomats managed to use personal connections and to find out that three men from among the criminals had Russian passports.

``Also, there are Russians among the 40 released women whom the criminals forced into prostitution,'' he said.

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