A gang that kept Ukrainian refugees in labor slavery and isolation was exposed in Spain: details (photo)

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A gang that kept Ukrainian refugees in labor slavery and isolation was exposed in Spain: details (photo)

According to the police, the leaders of the criminal organization "enjoying a rich life".

In Spaina criminal gang exploited Ukrainian refugees in illegal tobacco factories and kept them isolated in overcrowded conditions. Dozens of people were arrested and 3.5 million packs of illegal cigarettes were seized.

It is reported by the local police (Guardia Civil).

Spanish police, in cooperation with Europol, exposed a criminal organization involved in smuggling tobacco products. The police detained 27 people, confiscated 3.5 million packs of tax-free cigarettes worth 17.5 million euros and 10,000 kilograms of tobacco leaves worth more than 20 million euros

Illegal factories mainly used refugees from Ukraine who fled from a full-scale Russian attack on their homeland. It is clarified that refugees were usually housed in illegal cigarette manufacturing and packaging facilities.

“They worked long hours and hid because some of them entered the country illegally. They lived in cramped warehouses in factories,” the Spanish Civil Guard said.

The investigation claims that the criminals who led the group had three illegal production facilities. They operated in the provinces of Seville, La Rioja and Valencia. The packaging and storage of illegal goods took place in buildings located in the region of eight cities in Spain, in particular. Madrid, Albacete, Cordoba and Malaga.

A gang that kept Ukrainian refugees in labor slavery and isolation was exposed in Spain: details (photo)

According to the statement of the Civil Guard, the factories had modern equipment, which was evaluated together more than 3 million euros. The leaders of the organization laundered large sums of money, reportedly smuggling tobacco, which allowed them to lead a luxurious life living on luxurious estates in the Seville and Marbella area.

A gang that kept Ukrainian refugees in labor slavery and isolation was exposed in Spain: details (photo)

According to the UN, after the start of Russia's large-scale war against Ukraine, up to 8 million refugees, more than 160 thousand of them were registered in Spain.

Recall that a gang was detained in “Krakowka”, selling women into sexual slavery.

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