2020.05.25 09:26

Eight Lithuanians freed from modern slavery in Spain

BNS 2020.05.25 09:26

Eight Lithuanian nationals have been freed from modern slavery in Spain, Lithuanian Police said on Friday. Two other Lithuanian nationals were arrested in the operation in Valencia.

Personal ID cards belonging to the victims, aged 29–44, and various documents were seized in the operation, as well as bank cards and over 10,000 euros in cash, believed to have been taken from the people kept as slaves.

A man and a woman were detained, suspected of human trafficking. Two other people are also under investigation.

The criminals are believed to have operated internationally and taken advantage of their victims' vulnerability, including a lack of language skills, limited financial possibilities, and social isolation.

The pre-trial investigation on the exploitation of Lithuanian citizens in the Valencia region was launched earlier this month, the police said.