The Civil Guard dismantles an organized criminal group dedicated to the commission of crimes against the rights of foreign citizens and fraud

Operation "Adelita" has been possible thanks to the collaboration between the Civil Guard and the Special Directorate of Labor Inspection of the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security

There have been 8 arrests and 2 house searches in several provinces and about 400 immigrants have been identified as irregular stay of different nationalities, victims of said organization

They distributed the victims as internal employees of the home or in agricultural work, without registering them in the Social Security and without a contract

The Civil Guard in collaboration with the Special Directorate of Labor Inspection of the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security has carried out the operation "Adelita", dismantling a criminal group dedicated to the promotion of irregular immigration from South America. Two registers have been practiced and eight people have been arrested in Huelva, Madrid and Segovia, who are charged with the crimes of belonging to an organized criminal group, crime against the rights of foreign citizens and fraud.

The approximately 400 victims identified and affected by this organization were mainly of Honduran, Colombian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationality.
This criminal group began its illegal activity in November 2017, according to the data obtained by the researchers, acting in most of the provinces of Spain.

Precarious situation of the victims

This criminal group had created a network of clients throughout the national territory who were in charge of locating and channeling immigrants to low-paid jobs and abusive working conditions, taking advantage of the precarious situation of the victims.
The victims of this criminal network came to Spain mainly by air from Paris (France), to which they charged between 250 and 350 € and were placed in agricultural work or domestic workers.
Some of these people who were placed as domestic workers, worked in days of more 14 hours a day, without contract and without being registered in any Social Security scheme, for this criminal group had created a social and cultural association based in the province of Segovia to whitewash and cover up their illegal activities.
The main person responsible for this organization was posing as a member of another type of legally established and recognized organization.

Sanctions for infractions of the Law on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain

As a result of the investigation carried out by the Civil Guard, the Special Directorate of the Labor Inspectorate belonging to the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security has initiated disciplinary proceedings against employer employers of these immigrants hired in an irregular situation. These infractions may have associated penalties ranging from € 10,001 to € 100,000 for very serious infringement of the Organic Law 4/2000 on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their social integration. art. 54.1.d.

The Civil Guard and irregular employment

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Employment and Social Security signed a collaboration agreement in April 2013 on coordination between the State Security Forces and the Labor and Social Security Inspectorate in the fight against irregular employment and the Social Security fraud in order to avoid and investigate as main lines of action:
  • The constitution of fictitious companies without activity and that simulate labor relation with workers.
  • To companies with real activity to obtain undue benefits from Social Security.
  • The employment of foreigners without authorization of residency and work and irregularities in immigration maternity.
  • Trafficking in persons and trafficking in human beings for labor exploitation
The operation "Adelita" has been coordinated by the Court of First Instance and Instruction No. 4 of Segovia, and developed by agents of the Information Headquarters of the Civil Guard and the Information Group of the Commandery of Segovia with the support of agents belonging to to various Commanders of the Civil Guard.

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