Spain dismantles Ukrainian refugee exploitation network

Spanish police introduced on Sunday they’d dismantled a bootleg community that was exploiting Ukrainian refugees. 

Ukrainians fleeing the grinding Russian invasion had been “crammed” into makeshift lodging and put to work in shady tobacco factories by the felony group. 

The community is accused of smuggling “massive portions” of tobacco and making it into counterfeit cigarettes that had been offered throughout Spain and neighbouring international locations, defined the Spanish Civil Guard in a press launch.

Twenty-seven folks had been arrested as a part of the investigation, which was carried out with the assistance of Europol, the European police company. 

Ten tons of tobacco and three.5 million packets of cigarettes had been seized, valued at practically 37.5 million euros. 

Positioned within the wine area of La Rioja, Seville and Valencia, the three factories had been geared up with “superior know-how” and will produce 540,000 packs of cigarettes per day, in accordance with the police. 

The community employed Ukrainians who got here to Spain irregularly or arrived as asylum seekers after the battle broke out in February. 

These Ukrainians lived within the factories, “crammed into prefabs and unable to go away the services so they may not be noticed, working lengthy hours,” the assertion continued.

Leaders of the community laundered “massive quantities of cash” and led “a lifetime of luxurious” within the upscale vacationer resort of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, it added.