Agents of the Investigation Division of Smuggling of Migrants stopped at Lime Y Chimbote five people accused of forming a criminal organization that was dedicated to sexually exploiting underage women.
According to the Police, a 27-year-old girl was the alleged leader of a gang that offered work to the victims, but later forced them to prostitute themselves and work in hotels and bars.
Women were recruited with the promise of work and “good wages.” The alleged ringleader Maribel Sonia Domínguez Fernández, who was called ‘Chinese Maribel‘, was arrested, said Colonel Juan Carlos Montufar.
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“Anxiety, violence and suffering”
She was arrested along with Kattia Erika Chocari Tueros (33), Luis Alberto Carreño Martínez (52), Gary Ángel Rojas Gutiérrez (34) and Jorge Luis Laguna Espinoza (24). All of them, the officer said, are part of the criminal network ‘Las Nenas de Palermo’.
This operation was carried out after a long and arduous police investigation that allowed the full identification of the perpetrators of this crime, explained General Ulises Guillén Chávez, Director Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.
Thanks to the testimony of two protected minors, the Police showed that both detained women had been exercising “the worst contemporary customs of slavery of anxiety, violence and suffering to vulnerable women,” he indicated.
After gathering the necessary elements of conviction, the agents asked the Public ministry manage before the Power of attorney the preliminary detention for seven days against the members of this organization, a fact that was declared admissible by the Twenty-Fifth Preparatory Investigation Court of the Superior Court of Justice of Lima.
The investigators assured that the victims practiced prostitution in conditions of social vulnerability.
They were promised a good salary
“They advertised jobs on social networks and offered good salaries. This is how they were captured and then subjected to the illegal trade of sexual exploitation,” added the officer.
The research that allowed to disrupt this network This trafficking began several months ago, when an adolescent who managed to escape denounced how they captured girls from the north of the country to exploit them sexually.
“You will earn enough money to buy your apartment,” was the promise they made to the minor, as he declared in court. She accepted, although at one point she said she could no longer stand the pace and the little pay and she wanted to quit, but they conditioned her that if she wanted to leave that job, she had to pay for her stay, food and tickets.
Thus, based on the court order, Colonel Juan Carlos Montufar Lezama, in command of DIRCTPTIM PNP personnel, with the support of agents from the Special Services Unit, the Intelligence Division of the Ministry of the Interior, the Tactical Actions Sub-Unit and the Division of the Emergency Squad, and the participation of 14 prosecutors, put into execution the police operation that allowed ‘Las Nenas de Palermo’ to be disrupted.
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