Joe Bruno on the Mob – Spanish Police Arrest 39 Member of the “Chinese Mafia”

 

For the umpteenth time, the Mafia is from Sicily. Therefore there is no such thing as the “Chinese Mafia.” Just Chinese criminals. Or Chinese tongs. Or Chinese organized crime. Take your pick.

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But be that as it may, police in Barcelona, Spain have arrested 39 members of a Chinese “organized crime ring” (not Mafia), and released 30 Chinese girls who were allegedly forced into prostitution. Recently, the Chinese gangsters have cornered the market on prostitution in the Eixample district of Barcelona by the use of forced prostitution and by charging cheaper rates than the competition. The Chinese gangsters also forced these young girls to work in unsanitary conditions, and made them work, in what the police call “marathon session,” with as many as eight johns in a row for eight consecutive hours. The police also closed 17 brothels in the Barcelona area.

Besides prostitution, these Chinese gangs are also being accused of “document forgery.”

Joaquim Frances, of the Catalan police organized crime unit, said at a news conference in Barcelona, “In addition to prostitution, the gang also was involved human trafficking. Barcelona was the hub used to later send these people to the United States, Australia and Canada. So for a time, they were kept against their will in Barcelona or nearby until they were provided with documents in order to travel to these countries.”

For generations, the Italian Mafia has gotten most of the play in the press. Yet it is the Chinese gangs that are one of the most brutal and ruthless in the world. I just wish the press, including the well- respected CNN news service, would stop calling every ethic group’s organized crime group the Mafia.

It’s not factual, and quite frankly, it’s starting to annoy me.

The following article can be seen at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/05/world/europe/spain-chinese-mafia/index.html?iref=allsearch

Spanish police arrest suspected Chinese mafia members
By Al Goodman, CNN
October 5, 2011 — Updated 1711 GMT (0111 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

The Chinese mafia cornered the prostitution market with lower rates, officials say
Some suspects are still being sought, authorities say
Forced prostitution is a large element of modern-day slavery in Spain

Madrid (CNN) — Police in Barcelona have arrested 39 members of a suspected Chinese mafia and freed 30 young Chinese women whom they allegedly forced into prostitution, a senior officer of the Catalan regional police told CNN Wednesday.

The arrests occurred earlier this week after a long investigation. It was the biggest strike to date against Chinese-run mafias involved in forced prostitution in the northeast region of Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, said the senior officer, Xavier Cortes, head of the Catalan police unit that fights human trafficking.

In recent years, the Chinese crime syndicate had crowded out others from the prostitution market in the fashionable Eixample district of Barcelona by using forced prostitution and charging below-market rates, Cortes said.

The women were forced to work in unsanitary conditions and in marathon sessions, seeing eight clients in a row for an hour each, he said.

After initial arraignments, a judge ordered 33 of the suspects to remain in prison. Six others were released but remain under investigation, and must check in regularly with authorities, Cortes said.

Police are searching for six additional suspects, Cortes said. A total of 17 brothels were dismantled.

The 30 women were initially placed in special assistance centers run by a non-governmental organization, but some have now left to live with friends in Barcelona, he said.

The suspected Chinese mafia also was involved in document forgery, said Joaquim Frances, of the Catalan police organized crime unit, at a news conference Wednesday in Barcelona.

“In addition to prostitution, the gang also was involved human trafficking,” Frances said. “Barcelona was the hub used to later send these people to the United States, Australia and Canada. So for a time, they were kept against their will in Barcelona or nearby until they were provided with documents in order to travel to these countries.”

In numerous raids, the police seized forged passports from many countries — what Cortes called “perfect and very dangerous false documents” — as well as the machinery to make them.

The Chinese mafia also was involved in drug trafficking, and police seized some weapons in the raids, Cortes added.

The Catalan police broke up a forced-labor scheme involving Chinese clothing sweatshops in 2009, freeing several hundred victims and arresting more than 100 suspects.

But across the nation, police and non-governmental organizations say the biggest problem of modern-day slavery in Spain is forced prostitution, involving not just Chinese women, but also women from Latin America, North Africa and Eastern Europe.

Last year, Spanish police broke up a ring that tricked Brazilian men into coming to Spain and then forced them to work as male prostitutes.

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2 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Spanish Police Arrest 39 Member of the “Chinese Mafia””

  1. Chinese crime rings are called triads.
    Tongs (nowadays anyway) are actually organizations where Chinese immigrants are provided with info and help such as free ESL classes and summer school for their kids.
    I do agree with you about the mafia gripe, although I hear “Russian Mafia” more than “Chinese Mafia”.

  2. I grew up and lived in New York City’s Chinatown/Little Italy area for 48 years. I have three Chinese cousins through marriage.

    The Tongs are quasi-legitimate association that hires Chinese gangs like the Ghost Shadows to do their dirty work. They also do what you say, but that’s basically a front for their illegal activities like gambling and drug dealing.

    The only time I heard the term triads was when they were referring to Chinese organized crime in China.

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