The owner and guards of a night club in San Juan de Limón were arrested on Saturday night for allegedly pimping. The OIJ was alerted to a prostitution ring being carried out in the club.
15 victims have been found so far. The women are ages 18-25. Eight of them are Costa Ricans, three are Colombians, three are Venezuelans and one is Nicaraguan. The victims were promised jobs other than prostitution but then held in that place and made to participate. Some of the women filed complaints of rape because they were assaulted by subjects who threatened them with firearms.
The raid was executed around 10 pm. Authorities seized ₡1 million in cash, two firearms, and documents that can be used as evidence.
The Penal Code imposes two to five years in prison for those who promote prostitution or recruit for that purpose and up to ten years if the victim is a minor, or the accused has an authority relationship with the victim, or if there is deception, violence or intimidation.