Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Spanish cops have rescued seven men including a minor who were held captive in a flat by a gang who forced them to sell their bodies to other men on mobile phone dating apps.
The seven men were reportedly held captive in a flat in the city of Prado del Rey in the province of Cadiz in the Spanish southern autonomous community of Andalusia.
According to the Spanish Civil Guard, the human trafficking organisation sent its members to South America to recruit men by offering them good career opportunities in Spain. Some of the victims were reportedly football players.
Reports say the organisation made the men pay for their own plane tickets to Spain in order to avoid raising suspicion among their families about their actual intentions, with many of them borrowing money to pay for the trip.
Then when they arrived in Spain the criminal organisation reportedly took their legal documents and money before holding them captive in a flat in very poor conditions.
The gang forced them to chat with gay men on dating applications before arranging dates with the men and having sex with them for money, local authorities report.
Pimps working for the gang reportedly took the victims to the arranged date,s which usually took place in cities and towns across the province of Cadiz, in order to take the money after the encounter.
The organisation threatened the men with telling their families what they were actually doing in order to gain more power and control over them.
The footage shows the flat in Prado del Rey where the seven victims were held captive in very poor conditions, only being allowed to talk among themselves.
Three people whose identities have not been reported have been arrested.
Local authorities reportedly offered the rescued men the status of human trafficking victims alongside counselling, social help and access to health services.
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