Europol and Eurojust supported the Lithuanian Police and the Spanish National Police in dismantling a large organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation on 12 November in a simultaneous operation in both countries.
Two alleged organisers were arrested in Spain and 13 alleged criminal group members were arrested in Lithuania. At least 50 searches were carried out in both countries, yielding cash, narcotics, counterfeit documents, weapons and ammunition. The group profited from the earnings of 118 female victims of enforced prostitution from Ukraine, Belarus and other countries, who were also subject to extreme violence.
Eurojust strengthened the coordination between the national authorities throughout the two-year investigation, and facilitated the execution of European Investigation Orders and European Arrest Warrants. Europol provided analytical support, deployed experts to Lithuania, and gave assistance in extracting data from seized devices.