The seventeen women, who were forced to work as prostitutes in the bar called “Divas Sport Bar” and also known as “El Sancar,” ranged in age from 18 to 30 and were of various nationalities, including Nicaraguans, Dominicans, and Costa Ricans.
Authorities said at least 40 clients were present at the bar at the time of the raid, and that officers also raided the home of one of the owners and were able to collect financial evidence. Authorities seized ¢1.5 million that was found in the bar.
Authorities said that when not servicing clients, the women were kept locked in their rooms and under the watch of a guard.
Officials believe the bar operated with the help of a network of recruiters. Investigators believe the women of Dominican origin were first flown to Nicaragua and then transported across the northern border into Costa Rica.