Editing Office - Geneva
EU local heroes combat #HumanTrafficking together and secure criminals to justice. See how Spanish & Bulgarian authorities broke down a human trafficking gang:
“This was one of the most significant human trafficking cases in recent years.”
In July 2017, 13 women were freed from the grip of a violent criminal gang. Manipulated and threatened, they had been taken from their families in Bulgaria to Spain, where they were forced into prostitution. The only way to dismantle the gang and free the women was to coordinate action across Europe. Europol and Eurojust connected police forces in Spain and Bulgaria to undertake this major investigation. Both Europe-wide agencies were behind the scenes, helping police officers collect and share evidence and make arrests.
National authorities needed to act quickly after uncovering a violent human trafficking ring. Young women, taken from their homes in Bulgaria, were being forced into prostitution in Spain.In one week 34 gang members were arrested and 13 young women were freed. The operation owed its success to a coordinated European effort.
For More Information: https://europa.eu/euprotects/our-safety/breaking-circle-how-europe-shattered-human-trafficking-ring_en