Ten modern-day slaves stated to have been unaware there was a coronavirus pandemic have been free of a Spanish hashish farm the place the drug was being produced for export to Britain.
The Chinese language employees reacted to a police operation on the warehouse the place they had been working within the province of Barcelona by asking them why the officers had been sporting face masks.
Detectives say Glasgow was the meant vacation spot of many of the cannabis, though some was additionally going to be smuggled into the Netherlands.
4 of the eight individuals arrested and accused of crimes together with membership of a felony gang, human trafficking and medicines offences, have been remanded in jail after showing earlier than an investigating choose in a closed court docket listening to. They’re all Chinese language.
Police say the eight males and two girls freed had been smuggled into Spain through Jap Europe with false journey paperwork and put to work in situations of “semi slavery” in warehouses the place the hashish was farmed which that they had been saved in for greater than a yr.
A spokesman for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police confirmed: “Eight individuals have been arrested, 4 of whom have been remanded in custody, and eight males and two girls who had been being saved prisoner and exploited inside warehouses the place hashish was being farmed have been freed.
“The felony organisation was sending the medication that had been produced to the UK and the Netherlands.
“Glasgow was the principle vacation spot.
“The Chinese language employees that had been freed had been deceived about what they had been gong to be doing right here and as soon as in Spain, they had been made to work in infra-human situations.
“The investigation that led to the arrests was launched on the finish of 2019.”
The Mossos d’Esquadra added in an announcement:” Round 5,500 hashish crops have been seized together with 60 kilos of the drug that had been able to be despatched and practically POUNDS 40,000 in money.
“The investigation stays open and additional arrests haven’t been dominated out.”
The individuals smuggling that led to the dying of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a lorry in Essex in October 2019 has been linked to hashish farming within the UK.
A 15-year-old boy who died within the lorry had stated he meant to work at an unlawful hashish farm as soon as he received to Britain.
The excessive value of hashish within the UK is believed to have been behind the curiosity of the alleged gang leaders arrested in Barcelona within the British market.
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