The Spanish National Police have rescued a 12 year old girl, who had been ‘sold’ by her family to pay off a €4,000 debt.
Seven people, including the child´s mother, have been arrested in both cities on the charges of human trafficking, illegal detention and continued sexual abuse.
The police statement ,stated that the young girl was “being forced to have sexual relations” and marry a member of the “clan” having been sent to live with them in La Coruna.
“After questioning the mother of the minor, and the appropriate checks at the school where she was enrolled, an investigation was opened to locate the child,” said the police.
A surveillance operation was put in place, and subsequently, an entry and search was carried out at the property where the young girl was believed to be being held.
Thankfully, police found the 12-year-old and she was released, while three people were arrested.
Four other people were detained in Cordoba, including the child’s mother and partner.
The seven detainees have been remanded in police custody pending their trial hearing.