Spanish police stated on Monday that two rival Chinese sex rings have been busted in Madrid. The rings brought women, including minors, from China with the promise of high-paying jobs.
The sex rings then forced the women into prostitution.
The sting operation, which was carried out in cooperation with French police, has resulted in the arrest of 26 suspects in Spain and 25 in France as well as "the liberation of 25 victims", according to a police statement.
The statement further read:
"The victims, some of them minors, were recruited in their homeland with the promise of a job in Spain with a monthly salary of over €4,000 ($5,000)."
The Chinese women arrived in Spain on fake visas and were charged between €12,000 and €14,000 ($15,600 and $18,200) for the trip, a portion of which had to be paid before they left China.
Rather than the promised high-paid job, once in Spain their passports were seized by the rings and the women were kept in tiny, windowless rooms in Parla, a southern Madrid suburb.
Police stated that the women were then forced into prostitution for at least a year and had to turn over 40% of their income to the rings.
The police statement added that the two rival rings owned 11 properties, with a combined value of around €2.75 million. Officers seized €3,500 euros and 15,000 Chinese yuans (€1,800) in cash along with several weapons and four cars.