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Spanish and Romanian action against prostitution OCG

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The Hague, 10 February 2015

Spanish and Romanian authorities, supported by Eurojust, dismantled a brutal Romanian organised crime group (OCG) involved in trafficking young Romanian women into forced prostitution in sex clubs in Alicante and Madrid, Spain, with all the money earned by the women taken by the OCG members.

Two coordinated actions were carried out against the OCG, the first in the Alicante region of Spain on 23 and 24 January, and the second in the Ploiesti region of Romania yesterday.

The Spanish action days involved the issuance of restraining orders, the blocking of bank accounts, the closing of premises and the seizing of assets. Romanian authorities were present during the Spanish actions to gather the evidence needed to issue European Arrest Warrants against the eight principal Romanian targets.

The Romanian action day was carried out by the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism – Ploiesti Territorial Service, and police officers of the Ploiesti Brigade for Combating Organised Crime.

A Europol expert was present during the action days to provide real-time cross-checks of data.

The OCG was under investigation in Spain since mid-2013, with the involvement of Specialised Police Units in THB from the National Police, as well as a financial investigation. Surveillance, including telephone intercepts, led to the identification of additional members and associates of the OCG, based in Romania or of Romanian nationality. Against this background, Investigative Judge Number 3 in Denia, Spain, requested the assistance of Eurojust to facilitate the execution of letters of request and coordination of activities.

Three coordination meetings were held at Eurojust, during which the parallel investigations were discussed. A joint investigation team (JIT) involving police and judicial authorities from Spain, Romania, Eurojust and Europol was formed, with financial and logistical support supplied by Eurojust. Eurojust further assisted the Spanish and Romanian national authorities in devising a common strategy, planning the action days, and identifying and avoiding potential conflict of jurisdiction issues.

Pursuant to an agreement between the national authorities involved, which was again facilitated by Eurojust, all criminal proceedings, including those currently on-going in Spain, will be transferred to Romania.

Figures at a glance:

  • Number of arrests: in Spain: 10, including 7 Romanian citizens; in Romania: 5 detained
  • Number of house searches: in Spain: 6; in Romania: 17
  • Number of THB victims identified: in Spain: 14; in Romania: 5
  • Seizures made: in Spain: cash, an estate, 3 automobiles, mobile telephones, laptops, bank accounts frozen; in Romania: cash, 1 automobile, credit cards
 

Background:

On 5 February 2015, Eurojust’s THB Project Team announced the publication of its Mid-term report on the Implementation of the Eurojust Action Plan against THB 2012-2016.

A report on Individual Actions in the Field of Trafficking in Human Beings - Justice and Home Affairs Agencies (October 2012-October 2014) - can be found here.

A report on Individual Actions in the Field of Trafficking in Human Beings - Justice and Home Affairs Agencies (October 2012-October 2014) - can be found here.

The Joint Statement of the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies from 3 November 2014 - From strategic guidelines to actions: the contribution of the JHA Agencies to the practical development of the area of freedom, security and justice in the EU - can be found here.

Issue No 2 of April 2010 of the Eurojust News looks at aspects of Eurojust’s contribution to the European Union’s fight against THB.

 

Eurojust’s press releases on THB:

For further information on Eurojust’s work in the fight against THB, please contact Eurojust’s THB Project Team at THBProject@eurojust.europa.eu.

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