Alicante (EFE).- Agents of the National Police have arrested a couple in the Alicante city of Elche who had created a business network with modeling agencies or film producers to sexually exploit some 120 women.
Some of the victims were sexually assaulted and were forced to wear geolocation devices to be available at all times, police sources have reported.
Those arrested are charged with the crimes of continued sexual assault, coercive prostitution and documentary falsification.
The investigation began when one of the victims informed the agents that she had been sexually exploited for more than five years and that she had even been the victim of sexual assaults, although she had not reported the facts until now for fear of reprisals.
The agents immediately activated the mechanisms to provide protection to the victim and began proceedings to see if there could be more women suffering the same events.
During the investigation, the police found that the alleged perpetrators were acting within a business network that included modeling agencies or film producers, which used them as hooks to attract the victims.
Those arrested posed as representatives of the sector to promise their victims a successful professional career in the world of fashion or cinema, and to give greater credibility to the deception they made a photo book for each woman. Once captured, they were coerced and threatened to engage in prostitution.
FORCED TO BE GEOLOCATED
The victims were subjected to prostitution during marathon days and were forced to have sexual relations even if they were sick. In addition, they were forced to carry geolocation devices so that they were available at all times.
If the victims refused or were reluctant to provide sexual services, they were threatened, punished with fines or outright cut off from any economic income to which they were entitled.
At the same time, the victims were forced to have sexual relations with their pimps every time they requested it under death threats if they did not agree.
These assaults, which included sadomasochistic practices, occurred on a regular basis and were a “test” they had to pass to ensure that they would leave customers satisfied.
RECORDS IN ELCHE AND NOVELDA
During the police device, the arrest of these people was achieved, and several simultaneous searches were carried out in the premises and businesses that they ran in the Alicante towns of Elche and Novelda, in which sufficient evidence was gathered for the imputation of those arrested. and the identification of some 120 victims.
The detainees have been handed over to the Elche Investigating Court, which ordered their immediate imprisonment.
The investigation remains open since it is not ruled out that new victims may appear.