Spain – El Pais Article: Marijuana slaves in Spain: a year imprisoned in a warehouse

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Pretty depressing stuff we have to say… Catalan police have rescued 10 people who had been trafficked by a Chinese mafia and forced to cultivate the drug The footage from Operation Long lasts just three minutes. The worst parts of the video show mattresses pushed against each other on the floor, cooking pots scattered on tables, bottles filled with yellow liquid, cardboard being used as beds, with duvets thrown on top. There are no windows; it’s dirty and there are washing lines everywhere. This is how 10 people enslaved by marijuana traffickers had been living when they were found by the Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra. Some had been locked away for as long as a year. Police arrested eight people in the operation, four of whom have been sent to prison. Operation Long was launched in 2019, when the Mossos d’Esquadra learned that a Chinese mafia could also be involved in people trafficking. In this case, however, instead of arriving in Spain to be exploited sexually or in supermarkets or massage centers, the victims were being locked up and forced to work in marijuana warehouses in order to pay the mafia back for bringing them into Spain – a sum anywhere between €10,000 and €30,000. “It is the first time that the operation has aimed to free these people, as well as charging the criminal organization for their crimes,” explains Toni Salleras, the head of the Mossos organized crime unit. During the wiretaps, the investigators heard the mafia discussing their hostages. “They said that some of them had not left the warehouse for more than a year,” recalls Salleras. A statement from one of the two female victims, confirmed this. “When I entered the plantation, no one was wearing a mask outside,” she said. “And now that I have been let out, I see…

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Source : Spain – El Pais Article: Marijuana slaves in Spain: a year imprisoned in a warehouse

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