The National Police have arrested 21 people and freed four women while breaking up an alleged human trafficking ring on the Costa del Sol. The bust in Malaga happened after a victim called an anti-sex trafficking hotline saying she was being forced into prostitution and to consume illegal drugs.

Police say the ring was led by a woman who operated four brothels that outside appeared to be luxury hotels with victims forced to prostitute themselves in “marathonic sessions”. One of the freed women first was exploited when she was a minor.

The National Police say the anonymous hotline established three years ago has received more than 1,800 calls this year, leading to about 400 interventions by the police.

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