A court in the southern Spanish city of Malaga has sentenced a mother to 22 years in prison for forcing her twin daughters, both minors, into prostitution.
A man and his girlfriend have also been sentenced for colluding with the mother to bring the victims from Romania to Spain, where they first worked from a house in Girona, Catalonia before moving to Malaga.
According to court documents, the man and his girlfriend had an agreement with the mother of the two girls to bring them to Spain “to be sexually exploited, in exchange for a sum of money”.
The twins were then taken to Girona, where they worked as prostitutes, controlled by the couple.
They then moved to southern Spain, working in clubs in the Costa del Sol resorts of Nerja and Vélez-Malaga.
The mother moved over with her daughters, “controlling the money they made from prostitution” until one of her daughters reported her to the police.
Both the mother and the man involved have been sentenced to 22 years for human trafficking, while the man's partner has been sentenced to 20 years.
The man has also been convicted to one year and nine months in prison for forgery because he provided the girls with false IDs to make them appear older.
The court has also declared that the mother, as well as the couple, cannot contact her daughters or go within 500 metres of them for a period of 10 years.
The three also have to compensate the two minors with €18,000 ($20,000) each, according to Spanish daily 20 Minutos.
The owner of a club in which the girls worked was acquitted on prostitution charges because he was unaware the twins were underage, but was sentenced for a crime relating to workers’ rights.
In January, Spanish police broke up a teen prostitution ring in the southern region of Murica, which recruited girls between the ages of 14 and 17, as well as adult women, to work in brothels.