The opening of the borders after these two years of pandemic has brought its negative side in many criminal modalities, also in the trafficking of women. Civil Guard experts have detected a notable increase in Venezuelan and Colombian women who, taking advantage of the social and political crises in both countries, are being recruited to sell them in Spain.
Other police sources dedicated to these tasks corroborate what they express in the Armed Institute: “The victims are arriving in Madrid by the shovel. It's a barbarity. During the Covid it had dropped a lot, but now they disembark in a very precarious situation, many knowing what they are coming for. This is the case of Nicaraguan women, who, above all, are used in trafficking for labor purposes, as domestic workers or in the care of the elderly or dependents.
The truth, our informants point out, is that "there are not so many large organizations" working internationally. «The people who run the hostess clubs are asking for new girls. They need people for the normal relief that they usually do in these places but also for the women who have gone to their countries due to the pandemic, “they add. "The same thing is happening with the floors, which are where these women are being sexually exploited the most," they specify.
“Indeed, they are small groups but with many cases, a large number of victims. If before in a year and a half we did between three and five large operations, now there are a dozen, ”they explain in another operational group of the National Police.
In Nigeria, for example, there have been cases of murder. They know they have the power. «They bring them to Spain, they pay for the trip and they acquire a debt. This is increasing; Spain is the paradise of sex, but it is also true that they are denouncing more, either through NGOs or approaching the National Police and the Civil Guard, "explains a uniformed man.
These debts also depend on where the women come from. In Colombia or Venezuela, they are between 5,000 and 10,000 euros. In Nigeria, from 10,000 to 30,000: "There are women who are already 45 years old and are still paying debt."
For the investigators, it is clear that "where there is less control is in the flats" and that "there are minors being victims of trafficking, but they are the most difficult cases to investigate." And they happen every day: "They do barbaric things to girls captured when they are only 16 years old." Nigerian women are in the majority at this point, they add, and voodoo rites continue to be the most infallible weapon so that they do not disappear from the clutches of these criminals.
As for the 'loverboy' technique, it continues to be the main technique used by those from Romania, Bulgaria and the rest of the Eastern countries that are 'exporters' of prostituted women. However, in the Sana operation, known last January, the main Dominican plot used this method of 'falling in love' with minors under 16 years of age to sell, rape and drug them.