Job offers made in Colombia that ended in sexual exploitation and slavery in Spain. The Andean country Prosecutor’s Office and the Civil Guard dismantled a trafficking network that operated on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday, recruiting young Colombians with limited resources to confine them in brothels in Alicante and Albacete. This criminal structure operated in Palmira, a city near Cali and the Pacific coast, from where it contacted women in the region and other nearby departments.
“Using their condition of vulnerability, they took them under duress in Spain in order to exploit them sexually,” explained Álvaro Osorio Chacón, delegate against organized crime of the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office. The operation was possible thanks to the collaboration of one of the victims, who managed to flee from confinement after asking for help from an assiduous man from a brothel called La casita roja, located in Alicante, who finally filed a complaint. The young person narrated “the inhumane treatment” and the humiliations to which she was submitted by Flor Herminda Manilla Lindado, already detained with five other people and considered by the investigation, which lasted eight months, one of the heads of the network.
“They were taken under false pretenses on flights to Madrid, what they were offered was to go to work as waitresses,” Osorio continued. It was a criminal business orchestrated by a family in Palmira, according to the agents’ account. A woman, Jésica Páramo Castellanos, was in charge of the first contacts, painting the victims a future of opportunities in Spain. If they were interested, they were introduced by their father-in-law, Raúl Holguín. The young woman who managed to escape explained that she offered her “work as a waitress in a restaurant in Spain, with a minimum remuneration of 800 euros per month, plus tips”.
Holguín and her stepson, Andrés Felipe Sánchez Blandón, were summoned to a house and given money for ticket expenses. The reconstruction of the Prosecutor’s Office details that “they offered her assistance in the purchase of her suitcase and appropriate clothes for the trip, and they accompanied her to Cali for the procedures related to the passport.” A niece of the sexual exploiter, Monica Blandón, accompanied the victim in his displacement. “The two traveled from Palmira to Medellin, and from there to leave for Madrid, Blandón would also have been in charge of guiding the woman on how to express herself both when leaving Colombia and on her arrival in the Spanish capital, and so on. avoid any kind of suspicion on the part of the immigration authorities, “the researchers continue.
Upon arrival at Barajas Airport, the victims were taken to Alicante or Albacete, where they were met by Manilla Lindado, of Colombian and Spanish nationality, whom they called La madame, and two other women. One of them was in charge of buying airline tickets. The authorities detained six people, three in Colombia and three in Spain.
Trafficking and sexual exploitation networks have become one of the main objectives of the Colombian justice system, which in recent months has intensified operations. Only a week ago, a structure composed of 14 Israeli criminals and two Colombians who enslaved girls and adolescents was dismantled, taking advantage of their economic needs in Cartagena de Indias and Santa Marta, on the Caribbean Coast, in Bogotá and in Medellín.