November 7th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Undercover: Taking down a crime syndicate in Spain

Undercover police are on the frontlines of the fight against human trafficking and the Freedom Project has accompanied several agencies that have given CNN unprecedented access to ongoing investigations. A few months ago, CNN showed how the Mossos d'Esquadra - the human trafficking unit in the Catalonia region of Spain - solved one of Europe's largest forced labor cases.

This time, CNN takes a look at another major investigation into Chinese forced prostitution in the region.

Watch "Undercover Catalonia" on CNN International, November 24, London 0830 / Berlin (CET) 0930 /Abu Dhabi 1230 / Hong Kong 1630; November 25, Abu Dhabi 0930 / Hong Kong 1330; November 26, London 0730 / Berlin (CET)  0830 / Mexico City 2200 / New York 2300.  

By Misty Showalter, CNN

It's the moment the human trafficking unit with Spain’s Mossos d'Esquadra was waiting for: After months of exhaustive preparation and dozens of operations, it finally made the big bust.

This time, investigators broke up a Chinese prostitution crime syndicate ruthless in eliminating its competition - even expanding into an international human trafficking ring. Thirty-nine people were arrested, 17 brothels busted and 30 women freed.

The year-and-a-half-long investigation exposed a calculating group that within just two years wiped out any competitors in the residential brothel business, says Sub-Inspector Xavier Cortes, head of the human trafficking unit of Mossos d'Esquadra, the police agency for the Catalonia region of Spain.

(More: Mossos and unraveling the web of Spain’s sweatshops)

"[The syndicate] began offering a different product set, offering an exotic consumer [choice] of sex and very low prices compared to the rest of the market," Cortes says. "Others had to close and go because, evidently, the client dropped them. The [syndicate’s] prices were much lower and the product was innovative; it was exotic.

“Now that they've cornered the market,” he says, “they also want to recover the consuming market for women from African countries, and are trying to start to diversify the supply within the Chinese-controlled apartments."

The investigation began in June 2010 when detectives started to take a closer look at newspaper ads for Chinese brothels. In recent years, the Chinese population has exploded in Barcelona - the largest city in the Catalonia region where Mossos d'Esquadra operates. Barcelona has become a major trade route from China to the rest of Europe, so the increase in the population wasn't a surprise. But investigators began to notice there were more and more Chinese residential brothels - places of prostitution operated out of apartments - and fewer residential brothels run by any other nationality.

Prostitution is neither legal nor explicitly illegal in Spain. You can willingly prostitute yourself, but you cannot become a licensed prostitute. It's illegal to force someone into prostitution. Proving whether a woman is willingly selling herself, or is being forced into it, makes investigating prostitution very tricky.

(More: Spain’s hot spot for human trafficking)

Brothels are another issue altogether. Investigators say to avoid detection, many brothels try to work around the law by securing licenses to run as bars or restaurants. Women will work inside as waitresses, so that if any sexual activity does take place, they have receipts that show some other service was given.

But investigating Chinese brothels poses even more unique challenges. As Spain’s human trafficking unit knows from breaking up a previous Chinese crime ring involving hundreds of victims of forced labor, the Chinese community is very tight-knit, keeping most of its contacts inside its ranks and rarely communicating with authorities.

"How they network, the manner of hierarchically structuring the organizations, the manner of trafficking the different functions - they're different to those that we know already, of other organizations of the West," Cortes explains.

Detectives started to observe the Chinese brothels, sometimes trying to get inside posing as clients, and then once inside, announcing they are police conducting a routine check.

They would discover what they say is evidence prostitution was taking place: red lights, several mattresses on the floor in one room, condoms and toilet paper by the mattresses. These were no ordinary apartments. Yet the women inside would not admit they were prostitutes.

"Simply from the outside, [you] cannot see anything that catches your eye, just the door of a house,” says one of Cortes’ undercover agents. “Therefore the people who come here have prior knowledge, in other ways, that prostitution is practiced here - in this case Asian."

During the search of one brothel, agents took three women back to the police station. One of the women admitted she'd just come from China the week before. To investigators, this was proof that women were being trafficked from China to be forced directly into prostitution.

After more than 15 months of surveillance, police checks and phone wiretapping, investigators finally gathered enough evidence to make the bust, and on September 26, they moved into 18 suspected brothels at the same time, and another 15 businesses, nightclubs and homes on October 1.

Agents say what they found was not only proof that the sexual exploitation of women was the group's main objective, but also evidence that the organization was using Barcelona as a layover to traffic the women to highly profitable first world countries, such as the United States, Australia and Canada. Police are still investigating exactly where in those countries the women ended up.

"One of the most recurrent pathways that was being used at this time was the transfer of people trafficked from China to Turkey, to Istanbul with a tourist visa," explains Cortes. "Once there, they took the passport back in order to return them to their country of origin so there is no evidence that this person had not returned. They would then cross the border to Greece by land, where they were given new documentation with a new identity. Within Europe, the mobility is much easier. Once they arrived at the final destination, which was Barcelona, they were put into flats where they spent a period of two or three weeks without being able to go out on the street. From here they waited for their final documents with which they crossed the ocean."

The accused traffickers were able to do all this, detectives say, with a high quality counterfeiting document lab. Agents found hundreds of forged passports, holograms and even stamps to simulate visa entries into different countries. Police also discovered credit card forgery equipment, weapons that they suspect were used to threaten the women and even to extort other Chinese businesses in Barcelona, and a wide variety of drugs - more than 2,600 ecstasy pills, 400 marijuana plants, and the means to make a drug called Ketamine.

Of the 39 people arrested, 33 are in jail awaiting trial and six were freed pending further investigation. Mossos d'Esquadra is also issuing international arrest warrants for accused traffickers in China and elsewhere. The 30 women who were freed will be offered visas to stay in Spain if they cooperate with police.

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  1. cliffworks

    SINGAPORE it's common knowledge they permit live in 'housekeepers, maids, nannies' many Indonesian and perhaps ladies from other Asian nations who are not allowed to leave their host family home for any reason whatsoever unless accompanied by the host parents They are literally prisoners in the households. I have spoken to Western expats working in the financial sector in Singapore who have such arrangements. Worth investigating.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • gregorio jucoy

      I have a sister in law who have been working in singapore as maid but it was sometimes in 1996 until now she cannot comeback to the phillipines due to no reliever, it was 5 years na already and she has 4 children who is worried already why she cannot go home ..... pls help her....pls.......her is name is Marivic Carino Jucoy......pls find her......

      November 9, 2011 at 3:28 am | Reply
      • atgregory

        gregory, tell her to call the police or indonesian embassy in singapore. if she can't, then you should do it but posting for help on an internet forum is a little silly

        November 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
      • DB

        Dude, she doesn't want to come home. She's just making excuses to stay. And I think you know it, which is why you are posting on CNN rather than informing the police or the embassy – or did you already embarrass yorself by making such cliaims to them – claims which were subsequently proven lies. Maids' conditions in Singapore, like most places that encourage such arrangements, are often lousy, but the maids in Singapore are there voluntarily because they make 10x more there than in their little villages in East Java or the Philippines. Lots of them have boyfriends that they prefer to their famiies back home – families which sometimes thanklessly treat them like ATM machines. Don't be so naive.

        November 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
      • Levington

        pls contact me as soon as possible. I would love to help you find your sister back....

        FBI agent

        November 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • j

      Not a reply to this comment, but just a comment on the story....

      One point. Ketamine has been around for a LONG time, and is far from an emerging drug. And for craps sake, if you're going to report on it, learn how to pronounce it.

      November 11, 2011 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Sorry to say..... maids are allowed to call their family while they are working in Singapore. Legally, they have two off days per month, which is considered very little... they still have breaks. They can always walkout of their employers, and Singapore laws do protect their rights.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:35 am | Reply
  2. melvinslizard

    Bring back public executions.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • FunnyHaHa


      November 11, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
  3. Deadforests

    Damn, there goes my weekend...

    November 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      Your funny... hey, did you know that your parents were complete losers who obviously had no business raising a child? You do understand that grossly inappropriate humor is indicative of an insecure, severely under-developed personality, right?

      November 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
      • 9000baba

        i thought it was funny, i enjoyed the humor......................not every reply has to be a serious thought.

        November 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Howie

        lighten up jason.

        November 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • Dionysius John

        You do know that over-reacting and a penchant for publicly criticizing others are both stigmata specific to those with delusions of adequacy covering both an inferiority complex, and the fact that the best part of them ran down their old man's leg? Take a hike, dipstick.

        November 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
      • Paul

        I think there are certain cases where leaving funny comments is not appropriate because it takes away from the seriousness of the subject and this subject is very serious. Human trafficking is one of the worst types of crimes and should be addressed with all seriousness.

        November 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
      • DarkMeister

        And it's "You're" not "Your". You're welcome.....

        November 11, 2011 at 8:08 am |
      • FunnyHaHa

        Jason, you're pathetic.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:11 am |
      • magnus

        @ Jason: STFU! Of all the comments on CNN, that is the one that triggered your reaction? LOSER!!!!!!

        November 11, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • me

        Jesus....lighten up Francis!!!!!

        November 11, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • jbay

        Jason,get a life

        November 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • steveandkateDD

      please don't reproduce and never post anything anywhere on the internet ever again. thanks

      November 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • magnus

        STFU Steve. Why are you in a bad mood? What's the matter? Did Kate not give you a strap-on session today?

        November 11, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Displeased

      Jason and Steve (and Kate), lighten up! Unless you're a bunch of prudes who can't help but criticize those with a sense of humor.

      November 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • DB

        my thoughts exactly

        November 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • amanda

        Excuse me, they are not prudes, You are pathetic to defend such inappropriate humor.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • KC

      mine too..

      November 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • janelane

      lmao! thanks for that. was feeling a little blue after reading this article but you brightened my day. 🙂

      November 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  4. thelastwill

    This is horrible that you would do such a thing to a human being!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Stockholm Sam

      You tell 'em, thelastwill. I am sure those human traffickers and pimps are reading this article and all of its comments right now.

      November 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  5. Ben

    What is up with Spain. I was there. how does this country allow so many foreign women to be trafficed? It was clear to me and everyone on our trip.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Pedro

      It happens in just about every major European, Middle eastern, and Asian city. In a lot of places, especially the less developed European countries, the public officials, and state security agencies are the clients, or are part of the ring, or are paid to look the other way or to offer some kind of cover/protection. It exists because the people that perpetrate it saw an opportunity, on some level. It won't change overnight.

      November 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
      • PaulItaly

        You clearly haven't come to NYC. Walk through 18av in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to see the spa/ brothels around.

        November 11, 2011 at 1:15 am |
      • Open your eyes

        It happens all over the Americas as well. Don't be too naive thinking it is a problem of the other continents.

        November 11, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • LOUIS E.

      Even here in the U.S sometimes we think bad things only happen in less develop countries.

      November 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • mighty7

      And in the United States....Or have we forgotten the two major rings that were busted in Philly and Oakland?

      I alway wonder if American's hypocrisy is a national genetic malformation.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply
      • Brad

        Most know we have the same problems in our country as others do, but hey, thanks for lumping everyone together. Don't take it out on us just because you live in a pathetic country. Proud to be American, better that than anything else 🙂 .

        November 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • mighty7

        I agree. I live in the US.


        November 11, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • coriolana

        Like the Euro-slob gene? Stop being an idiot and generalising.

        November 11, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  6. Amelia

    Mr Jucoy, please hit INTERPOL Website, click the crimes area, then highlight EXPERTISE and find Database. These concerns is what Interpol is all about. Please contact them.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • JiminNM

      Phillipine embassies in foreign countries are part of this problem, refusing to help Phillipine women who are able to somehow reach their embassy. The embassy refuses to help them and will not get them another passport (the woman's passport is kept by the employer/pimp). I have first hand knowledge of this problem in Jordan.

      November 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  7. EvilChina

    With their self interests, their need to "save face" no matter the cost, lack of respect for IPOs, and above all their lack of respect for human life, I feel like Asian cultures will bring the end of the world.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Ashamed Chinese

      Wrong to say that, China and many Asian countries are still poor in terms of per capital gains. When people are that poor and desperate some of them don't do what is moral and ethical. Though corruption is a problem in China and around many of the poor Asian communities, I hope more people will be able to help and fight evil anywhere on earth!

      November 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Less Evil

      I don't think Asia will bring down the world, but perhaps the media twist to all this will. There are thousands of women trafficked across Europe, many of them eastern european. We don't automatically think, "holy crap" the Russian/Yugo/ Romanian mob is going to be the end of it. Their greed and immortal ways are the death to us? Why is it that a when a "different race" is involved, one that you cannot relate to – they are all immoral? The triad are as equally dangerous as the mob....organized crime often has connections to political figures who turn blind eyes for a profit. Organized crime and corrupt political figures will be the death to us all. Not the "ASIANS", like you claim.

      November 11, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
  8. Amelia

    Please refer to the INTERPOL at Singapore. Contact them and goodluck.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  9. Xfs

    What is the matter with Chinese? Their morals are disgusting and they infect everything

    November 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • infinitidoug

      plz don't group all chinese people in a group and label them as "disgusting". It is really unfortunate that these poor people had to endure the pains as victims of these crimes, but every nationality of people have their good and bad people. You, being a racist in your comments, only show that you're as disgusting as the people committing the crimes in the above videos.

      November 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • not my nationality

        my nationality is better than yours

        no bad people in mine, go nationality go, yeah nationality!!!

        you are just jelous of my nationality

        November 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • lhpogo

      Replace the word "Chinese" with "Humans" and it will be a more accurate statement. Some people, no matter what race, culture, nationality, or religion, will do anything for money.

      November 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • Brad

        Only worthless human I see is you ihpogo. If humans are so bad why don't you set an example and off yourself. I'm proud to be human, I'm proud of our enventions, I'm proud of the good we can do, I'm proud we can cure desease in both animals and humans. The real shame is the lack of will to educate oneself, or to complain complain complain but not do anything about it. People like you will always whine, but you will never put yourself at risk to help others, which is why, no one really cares what your opinion is.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • mighty7

        Brad, you are just an standard-issued arrogant American with the IQ of a mole rat.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Kyra Lin

      To pin point a specific demographic for a global issue really shows your lack of knowledge on this subject. Do try to understand that countries with poverty are targeted for trafficking because of their vulnerabilities. Ethnocentric comments like that makes it harder for victims to seek help. So I suggest you look up on this topic before commenting on future forums.

      November 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Reply
      • Brad

        That would require them to use a brain cell or two Kyra, they've never done that, and the shock of trying could kill them.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Beau

      you are so dumb.. did you drop out school on your 2nd grade? Please educated yourself. This is gobal issue, they are every where.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • did not drop out of school in 2nd grade

        and you are the dummy, so there!!

        November 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
      • jbay

        The oldest profession in the world

        November 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • sem ting

      Come to Flushing, NY. You will see the same. Police is doing nothing here. It's growing like any thing here in the name of massage centers.

      November 11, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
  10. Sad

    Sad. With 7 billion poeple on Earth and many impoverished countries this is not going to change quickly. Ship the perpetrators back to China, they know how to deal with criminals. Can't be a repeat offender if your'e dead.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  11. Amelia

    Mr. Jucoy, I searched missing persons At INTERPOL, SINGAPORE. There is no record of Marivic Corino Jucoy. If she is missing She is not regestered as missing so there will be no hits. It is up to you to Contact them speak to them. Thank you.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • amanda

      Hetr employer over there probably spelled her name differently.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • honestlysaid

        butthere s no missing persons report is what he is saying... aliases are usually included on such a report

        November 11, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • amanda

      Her employer over there probably spelled her name differently.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
  12. Ron

    What should happen is that all unproductive member of society, degenerates, murderers, rapists, pedophiles, human traffickers/pimps should all be worth $.35. the cost of a bullet! They should all be shot! There should be no place on this earth for these type of people! They serve no purpose and all they do is drain the society! These people along with the stupidity of the general public is maybe why conspiracies theories live about reducing human population! Just imagine if every lifer, degenerate, murderer, rapist, pedophile, pimp were wiped off the planet? News would only be 10 minutes long( they can give 1 minute news clips as commercials) but seriously, I bet this world would be a much better place!!!!
    BTW...For those that believe in reform...We should let you reform a few and see if it works or if you even live through it!

    November 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Let's round up all the teabaggers first. Followed by the Palin's. They're the real degenerates. Stinking, filthy trailer trash.

      November 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • Brad

        I've met really nice people that live in trailors, your comment was very hateful, you sound exactly like what you just described, so I guess we should round you up? Your a fool.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Val

      Ron: Convince me you're *not* a "non-productive member of society" or a "degenerate", and we shouldn't spend $0.35 getting rid of you. Now repeat that for everybody in your immediate family. And all your friends. Oh, your sister smoked pot? Degernate, $0.35 and we're rid of her. Your best friend went bankrupt? OK, there's another non-productive person we can do without.

      What? You say you didn't mean for *them* to be included? Maybe your criteria need fixing then.

      November 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  13. Phyllis

    This is such a crime against humanity and especially women. Why would anyone want to leave the United States?

    November 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Why don't you think this happens in America? Go to any city's craigslist and go to the therapeutic section, every asian and russian massage place is full of women forced to do it. In fact the US is the biggest market for this business. Don't be so naive...

      November 11, 2011 at 5:02 am | Reply
      • john

        You have not been to Thailand, Tom.

        November 11, 2011 at 8:53 am |
      • honestlysaid

        you have never been anywhere else in the world have you tom?

        November 11, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  14. infinitidoug

    This is disgusting. I hope these a**holes have some kind of record of the clientele they served so that the proper officials can bust those creating a sense of supply-and-demand and put them in jail too.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • jbay

      Proper officals, you have to be kidding me

      November 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  15. foo

    You probably always dogging on the Chinese are sad. 1 in 5 people on this planet is Chinese. It makes sense that they are in the news a lot for both the good and the bad. To be clear, I'm an American, and I'd wager that if you put all the horrible stuff that happens in America everyday up against the same in China, the ratios would be similar, if not in favor of China.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  16. Annexian

    I want to go to Spain to see bullfighting.

    But, durn.... No "Rental female company"...

    Might as well just go S- Tour to Asia then.
    Might as well consider even more nasty stuff, if something that's been "Not legal but not highly illegal" is going to be treated as the latter.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • mighty7

      PLease do. And I suggest you stay there.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • jbay

        I have stayed, and love every day. You should try it.

        November 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  17. joe

    Chickadee China the Chinese Chicken.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • 90sFan

      Watching X-Files when your brain starts tickin'.

      November 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  18. Barry G.


    Now lock them up and throw away the key!

    November 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  19. tony

    time to send in Rambo

    November 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  20. Crz

    It's very disturbing that sub-inspector Cortes refers to the victims as "product".

    November 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • c

      yea it's 'service'

      November 11, 2011 at 7:53 am | Reply
  21. pete

    Very annoying having to view the same advertisement on every video clip. Show some class CNN, try doing something different for a change.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  22. JiminNM

    The Phillipine embassy in Jordan refused to help a Phillipine woman who made it to her embassy seeking help.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  23. richard

    Whats the problem? Everybody likes the pie!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • TheKing

      Let 'em eat cake instead.

      November 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • aye..

      The "pie" as you so fondly put it, is actually a terrified girl who gets raped everyday. You are an ignorant SOB.

      November 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
      • ummmmmmmmmm pie

        but I bring flowers

        November 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
      • jbay

        aye, andyou do not know the facts. get a life

        November 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  24. wendy5

    what a joke it took them a 1 1/2 year to put a stop to this terror for these women; such pathetic heros

    November 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • wack a mole

      too much money involved

      November 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  25. internet_guy

    i have an opinion about everything. none of them are very well formed or informed but that does not stop me from posting them on the internet

    November 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  26. Ted Nugent

    Did anyone get any of their phone numbers before they were "freed"? How much did they charge for a dirty sanchez?

    November 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • FunnyHaHa

      What is a dirty sanchez?

      November 11, 2011 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        It's when someone defecates on you. We do it all the time here in the Palin household. We love it.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  27. no onet

    It must a MADE IN CHINA....

    November 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  28. joey

    any human surprised by this is brain dead. ever heard of guam ?

    November 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  29. Dirk the Daring

    Well-endowed woman: Is this a bust?
    Police Officer: No, but it is rather impressive.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  30. people

    where the vulnerable meet the powerful evils of mankind troubles are soon to follow. -me All the idiots spewing cruelty can not be trusted with handing a carrot to a chld.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  31. bobby

    Five dolla sucky sucky. Love me long time.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  32. Shlong

    Chinese !!!! These cheap people are flooding even the world of pros with their fugly looking women !

    If their women were attractive and had meat on them i wouldnt mind...but just like their counterfiet auto parts
    these little flat chested half closed eyed middgets are driving quality pros out of markets

    Wonder if World Trade Organisation can do something about this !!!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • where to start

      too much to comment about, how about just stfu

      November 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Reply
      • Shlong

        too late for that. its already written 🙂

        November 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • truth

      calm down little boy. it's our own fault for not going to college and failing at life

      November 11, 2011 at 12:05 am | Reply
  33. Chris

    They really need to clean their camera lens. All the faces were blurry.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Shlong

      try wiping your lcd

      November 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  34. maxtestmax

    Anti Chinese Propaganda by Declining West

    November 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • mighty7

      Reality check on China by a reawakening West.


      November 11, 2011 at 12:31 am | Reply
      • honestlysaid

        well if there was actually any report of wrong diong other than i man having had a warrant for his arest i might agree with you... but the article and the videos seem to leave a huge gap between supposition and fact... namely, the cnn freedom project never showed that any woman was forced to do anything... but they made damn sure to shove cameras in their faces even though their professions were clearly legal under spanish law...

        yeah, not really a fan of the news media... you?

        November 11, 2011 at 11:25 am |

    How fundamentally different is this than p*rn industry and strip clubs in this country?

    November 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      The trafficking industry IS in the US dummy. We are the biggest market for it...

      November 11, 2011 at 5:05 am | Reply
      • jbay

        because of money hungry woman and lawyers

        November 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  36. Roadsniper

    A lot of sick people in this world!!!!! I was in vegas recently and saw some real disturbing things. Like 2 pimps walking with the same girl, knowing full well they were selling her to men. I have 2 daughters , i would literally kill somebody for doing that to my daughters!!!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  37. spaniard

    Like JERRY SANDUSKY THE CHILD RAPIST!!! A bunch of sick phucks!!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  38. Roadsniper

    Hey there mister shlong, how are you doing tonight? Oh by the way did you know that there are better people in the world than punk asses like you losser! Oh i remember now you do sound familiar, you screamed on the way out of me deep into your mother , whew it felt so good to oh by the way to make you suffer with no life it only cost 5 bucks!!!! Now how does it feel to be degraded you piece of ass

    November 11, 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply
  39. Luli

    Human beings are the worst species.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:09 am | Reply
  40. Roadsniper

    Hey mister shlong are you still there? Or are you crying in some dark little corner like these poor women are doing? Hey mister shlong wont you give me a call? Asap maybe i can offer you an apology ha, ha on the latest!!!!! 530 945 7621,,,,, remember my name is road sniper ,or did the brain matter drip out of your mammas back door squeeze tube?????

    November 11, 2011 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • Narmuriel

      Not a very intelleigent move to put your phone number out there for everyone to see. I hope some one does not exploit it.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  41. Love Asians

    I really want mixed Caucasian and Chinese babies. They look soo beautiful and pretty.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      Filthy chink lover.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • breed11

        I second that, those babies are not pretty. Full Anglo-Saxon kids, now that's pretty.

        November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • honestlysaid

        i can totally see that, fdr, churchill, and hitler... totally bueautiful babies...

        November 11, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • TODAY

      what's stopping you?

      November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
  42. Mark O. David

    Hello!This is the worlds oldest profession.Stop it at point A and it will start a point B.License it,tax it,regulate it.Get it?This situation has not changed in 5 thousand years why do you think a "Modern" approach will make one tiny impact?This is mammal behavior,we are mammals learn to live with it

    November 11, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Yisambi Mwanshemele

      I think its a good idea to do that, because by the end of the day most people like the industry since ages, secondly why dont you come to Africa and see what is happening here

      November 11, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
  43. Pete from St Paul

    And, American Republicans are doing their best to get females in the United States to this level. With an agenda to roll back Women’s Rights achievement. To encourage high volume baby making with low wages and a high capacity supply of drugs from Mexico.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  44. waycist

    diversity is our strength

    November 11, 2011 at 12:56 am | Reply
  45. waycist

    We've got the same problems right here. The Mexicans have turned Phoenix Arizona into the kidnapping / human trafficking capital of America and the Koreans have opened full service massage joints from coast to coast. We seriously need radical immigration reform.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • honestlysaid

      and korean's most likely built your car that is much more efficient than a ford, general motors, or chevy... costing you less money and getting you where you want to go with far fewer problems and breakdowns... oh by and by, korean ships-the largest in the world-bring you your bananas so you can hang like a chimp from a tree in your barcolounger all day... us unemployment 10%, korean less than 3%

      November 11, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
  46. David

    geee cheap asian meat. i wouldn't buy one for 10 bucks. oeehh, you can get bird flu and what not.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply


    November 11, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  48. scir91onYouTube

    all this did was put grown adult women out of work and out of a salary. what a joke.

    November 11, 2011 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • Zakariah

      Yes, but we saved their souls, they aren't going to he|| anymore, doesn't that mean anything ??!?!!?!?!!!11

      November 11, 2011 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • One Day

      Some women may not want to be there.

      November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Nibhul Anmah Zuwetti Bahlzak

      Yes prease ret them do their b.......... uhm jobs.

      December 10, 2011 at 4:11 am | Reply

    The chinese are destroying the world without anyone noticing them. Everyone is busy with the Middle East and its Oil, and not realizing that their own country is being taken over by the Chinese.

    November 11, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply
  50. jt_flyer

    China is a virus.

    November 11, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • TODAY

      totally agree

      November 11, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • c

        so is the people of the United States.

        November 11, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • honestlysaid

        @c so ARE the people of the united states... if you can crack china's firewalls you could at least learn a little English to deride us with...

        November 11, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • jbay

        I totally disagree, china is not the problem.
        Look into the NGO's from america, there the real problems.

        November 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  51. One Day

    Way to go Police form Spain!!

    November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  52. TODAY


    November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  53. Rock

    If I went there with cash Id come home broke and happy.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  54. Rock

    But at least we still have the Philippine girls

    November 11, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
  55. c

    Human trafficking differs from politicians making people work how? By forcing people to maintain and hold jobs is a form of human trafficking, If I didn't want to work, would I still be able to live? So why is this so illegal, the American political and justice system does this everyday, look at the child support cases.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • honestlysaid

      you poor downtrodden piece of garbage... you have a job... but you are forced to work?!? now look down your street and praise god you are not the one in ten that want a job but can't find one...

      November 11, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
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    November 11, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • honestlysaid

      yeah because a single word you said applies to the article you are commenting on... go check out class action lawsuits against ebay... google something... but leave those of us bright enough not to hang our well being and livelyhood on the whims of e-biz alone..

      November 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
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    November 11, 2011 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • honestlysaid

      damn dude... it's "me rove you rong time"... get it right or just don't comment

      November 11, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
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  58. Kevin

    Has anyone already blamed Obama for this?

    November 11, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • honestlysaid

      not yet... you can be the first!

      November 11, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
  59. James

    They say there is 25% unemployment in Spain and a financial crisis. Yet this business is prospering. Maybe they are being bailed out.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  60. honestlysaid

    cnn's freedom project being what it is and all, good intentioned.... i saw not a single once of evidence through any video or through the article that the women involved did not knowingly enter into an arrangement in which they left lives of utter desperation in china to sell a part of their body legally for a chance at a better life in the west... yes yes cal me callous or under informed or whatever you choose but frankly the facts that would support the reprt are clearly lacking... no woman from any of these brothels asked for help... and none of them have committed a crime under spanish law... so what exactly is the problem?

    November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • i know right

      ...not to mention the wonder service they are bringing to the marketplace. These ladies should be commended for their individual efforts to make the world a better place.

      November 13, 2011 at 10:06 am | Reply
  61. MICKY

    I dont know why police are bothering these girls, they are just doing there jobs lol

    November 11, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
  62. john

    This is a poor article. Was this trafficking or smuggling? The article makes it look like smuggling not trafficking. They are related but still different problems. How could a CNN feature, after a year of work on this topic, miss this important distinction.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  63. sem teng

    Come to Flushing, NY. You will see the same. Police is doing nothing here. It's growing like any thing here in the name of massage centers.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  64. DebG

    What sickens me is that the pimps and their families are not forced to return to their countries of origin. Instead they go to prison and their families are allowed to live off of their ill-gotten gains. The appropriate punishment is to strip he criminals and their families of their visas or new citizenship and "return to sender." I think the Chinese government will throw them into some dark hole. Western countries are sheep to the slaughter when it comes to handling immigrant criminals.

    November 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
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    Ye abominable daughters of EVE will not HEAR and OBEY??

    November 21, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
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      Oh shut up. You christians are behind all this trouble.
      Go in a closet and reat you f-– bible

      November 21, 2011 at 3:38 am | Reply
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