Police arrested five suspects and freed 13 alleged human trafficking victims during two raids.
The operation took place a few minutes before 6 p.m., at the “Sol y Luna” bar, also known as “La Casa Rosada,” located in Barrio La Victoria in Liberia, Guanacaste.
Arrested were a woman identified by the last names Moya Picado and her boyfriend identified by the last names Bonilla Alvarado. The pair apparently went by the names “Roxana” and “Alex.”
Also arrested were three employees who were in charge of collecting the ¢ 13,000 (about $26) fee for the women’s sexual services.
According to a statement from the Attorney General, the criminal organization allegedly found their victims in San José or Limon, taking advantage of the economic conditions of the migrant women.
Authorities found seven women in the bar area and six in rooms on the premises. Ten clients were allowed to leave after police checked them for warrants.
According to authorities, the women were kept in captivity and forced to work 12-hour shifts having sex with clients.