Spain police smash 'juvenile detention' prostitution ring

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Prison bars

Prison bars

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Prison bars

Prison bars

MARID - Spanish police said Sunday they had smashed a ring that forced three underage girls to take drugs and work as prostitutes after luring them away from juvenile detention centres.

The youths were kept "locked up and isolated" in flats on the holiday island of Lanzarote and taken to nightclubs where they were "exploited sexually", police said in a statement.

"Throughout the night they were forced to consume drugs to lower their inhibitions and have sexual relations with any client that those in charge of the prostitution business decided," the statement said.

Police said arrested eight suspected members of the ring, who all had bank accounts containing "huge amounts" of money.

They carried out simultaneous raids in six buildings in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, as part of the operation, seizing cocaine, marijuana and other drugs as well as 48,000 euros (R711709.92) in cash.

Police did not say how old the three underage girls were.