A young Paraguayan woman who worked as a prostitute in Spain to support her large family back home was allegedly strangled to death by her colleagues because they were jealous of the money she was making.
Leticia Magali Sanabria Romero arrived in Spain in 2018 and worked as a prostitute at the ‘Osiris’ club and also in her flat in the municipality of O Barco de Valdeorras in Spain’s north-western Ourense Province.
She used to send part of her earnings to her family of eight siblings in the Paraguayan city of Yby Yau. However, the remittances abruptly came to a stop following a call to the emergency services on 10th September.
The call was made by a fellow prostitute, and the woman said that she had found 29-year-old Sanabria’s lifeless body face-up on her bed in her bedroom.
Forensic specialists attested to signs of violence and the post-mortem revealed she had been strangled to death while trying to fight off her attacker or attackers.
Although it was determined that the flat had not been broken into, investigators considered theft the main hypothesis, as she had recently told her mum that she would soon send money back to Paraguay.
Her body was repatriated and she was buried in her hometown on 29th September.
The investigation took a turn when the police arrested a 40-year-old Nigerian woman and a 41-year-old Brazilian woman, names not reported, on Tuesday, 16th November.
The former was Sanabria’s flatmate, who also worked as a prostitute at Osiris. The latter worked as a cleaner and as a street prostitute and was a friend of the two.
One of the two women was the one who supposedly ‘found’ the body and called the police.
Investigators believe the two may have killed the young woman out of ‘jealousy’ due to her success at work and the large amount of money she earned.
The two are expected to appear in court today, 18th November.