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Five Playa del Carmen bars shut after rescue operation of 25 women

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — An Argentinian man was arrested after more than two dozen women were freed during an operation Thursday night. Local authorities made the arrest after 25 women were located during building searches.

“The State Attorney General (FGE), through elements of the Investigative Police in collaboration with the National Guard and the International Organization OUR Rescue, rescued 25 women, possible victims of the crime of labor and sexual exploitation,” the agency reported Friday afternoon.

“In addition, there was an arrest while carrying out search warrants in five bars located in this municipality,” they added.

Enrique Abelardo “N” was arrrested as the alleged person responsible for the coordination of the businesses.

“During the fulfillment of the court orders in five bars, the participating elements managed to arrest a male person identified by the name of Enrique Abelardo “N”.

“The arrest occurred when the subject, upon noticing the surprise presence of the agents in one of the bars, tried to flee, but they caught up with him and he was placed at the disposal of the Public Ministry,” the FGE reported.

According to the FGE, their first investigations point to the now detained man as one of the leaders of the structure dedicated to human trafficking in its form of sexual and labor exploitation who was in charge of supervising the bars, they said.

After a search of five different clubs around Playa del Carmen, a total of 25 women were rescued. Of the 25, 20 were Mexican, four from Venezuela and one from Cuba.