Spanish police said in a statement Sunday they arrested nine people in the northern city of Pamplona on sex trafficking charges and liberated four exploited Paraguayan women. They said the operation started after one of the victims dialed the Spanish help hotline against human trafficking in December , although the ring started its criminal activity back in The raid was a joint effort with authorities in France and Paraguay, who also made arrests and freed women in simultaneous police busts. The arrests were made over three days, starting Tuesday. Police in France raided a location in the north-western city of Nantes. The supposed boss, a woman in her 40s from Paraguay with Spanish nationality, was the only one that remained in custody after the other eight detainees were issued court dates and advised legal counsel.
Prostitution in Paraguay
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Prostitution in Paraguay is legal for persons over the age of 18,  but related activities such as brothel keeping are prohibited. There are about 30 "motels" in and around the city that cater for illicit sex. Rented by the hour, the suites are approached through a garage so people can't be seen entering or leaving. Any refreshments required are ordered by telephone and delivered through a flap in the door, payment is also made through the flap. The staff never see the guests. Many women turned to prostitution. An unfinished theatre was converted into a brothel where women worked and lived.
Bust Highlights Paraguay to Europe Sex Trafficking
Skip to content. But South Americans know it more as a sort of Wild West — a place where the rule of law matters little and where drugs, arms and counterfeit goods arrive by the ton. The International Intellectual Property Alliance also highlighted Paraguay as a global scoundrel in the piracy trade. Pirated goods are everywhere in Ciudad del Este. The International Intellectual Property Alliance report goes into more detail.
A joint operation involving authorities in Paraguay, Spain and France has broken up a multi-country sex trafficking network, illustrating some of the lesser-known international dynamics of this illicit business. In a recent press release , the Paraguayan Attorney General's office announced that the National Police, in conjunction with their French and Spanish counterparts, had broken up an operation that trafficked Paraguayan women to Europe for the purpose of sexually exploiting them. Once they were in Europe, the women were coerced into prostitution at private residences in France and massage parlors in Spain.