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  1. 1. T raderSeptember 2010 Alicante • 962910095 - Valencia - Castellon - Tarragona - Barcelona FREE! 1 Inland & Coastal Authorised Dealer NORTH EDITION - SEPTEMBER 2010 Issue 143/44 Tel 902733633 Want to save Money? See page 2 Buying and selling stuff at .com Woman dies in sea after being hit by boat A WOMAN swimming in the sea off the beach great wines, great prices in Salou has been killed after she was hit by a passing raft. The victim, who is said to be young but whose Trader special identity has not been revealed, was swim- offer! ming off the Playa Llarga at around 17.02hrs sometime over the weekend. Emergency services are unsure whether she Mandy´s MiniMarket had ventured outside the area cordoned off for bathers, or whether the captain of the 5a Carratera las fuentes, Alcossebre boat had committed a fatal error. NEXT DOOR TO ALBERT VILLAS But witness statements suggest the former isOPEN Mon – Sat 9.30am – 6.00pm the more likelyWe don’t shut for Lunch TEL 964 412 603 Guardia Civil and Coastguard services took FIND US ON FACEBOOK FOR ANY UPDATES her to the port of Cambrils after her body was found floating in the water, at the request of the judge in Reus handling the case. Bull-runs leave four MAKING PAYMENTS FROM seriously injured in L’Alcora FOUR people have been injured in just two THE UK TO SPAIN? days of bull-runs in L’Alcora (Castellón). Less than ten minutes after the start of the If you are transferring funds to first bous al carrer event of the day on Friday, Spain from the UK, Moneycorp can save you £000s. Primark opens two more stores in Spain two youths from the Vall d’Uixò were gored. A 23-year-old man suffered a broken arm, PRIMARK opened for the Zaragoza, Jerez, Algeciras Belgium, and employs ove bruised chest and possible fractured rib, and Whether you are purchasing a first time in Castellón on and Barcelona. 30,000 people. was rushed to Castellón General Hospital. property, or making regular pay- ments, for example to transfer Friday – the 17th branch Created in Dublin in 1969, This year, it won the Shop Almost immediately afterwards, a 20-year-old your UK pension, Moneycorp has in Spain and the second in Primark chose Spain as Design of the Year award man sustained minor injuries to his leg. a solution designed to suit your the Comunidad Valencia- its first destination when for its branch in Bristol And the previous day, a man from Onda and needs. na after the one in Elche’s it decided to go global in and Retailer of the Year in another from L’Alcora were also seriously hurt L’Aljub shopping centre. 2006 after first winning the Retail Week Awards. when bulls charged at them. Whatever the reason for your The most seriously-injured was a man of 29 transfers to Spain, we offer you: In addition to Castel- the hearts of customers The new Castellón store, lón and Elche, the Irish all over Ireland and the in the La Salera shopping years old from L’Alcora, the day before, who budget clothing chain has UK. centre, has created 153 was gored in his left arm and had to undergo - Unbeatable exchange rates emergency surgery in the city hospital. - No commission stores in Madrid, Mur- It also has stores in Portu- new jobs. - Shorter transfer times than the cia, A Coruña, Asturias, gal, Holland, Germany and At the same time, a 45-year-old man from bank Onda was gored in the back of his leg and - Regular payments by Direct B R I T I S H OPEN ALL YEAR knocked over by a charging bull. Debit OWNED C AMPING For bull-runs, L’Alcora has three ambulances on duty, together with two doctors and a team For more information, call us. BA R of nurses – and safety measures had been R ES TAU R A NT reinforced this year. Tel 902 887 243 O PE N TO Spectators complained that the show was PUBLI C suspended for three-quarters of an hour whilst a doctor accompanied one of the in- PITCHES FROM 2000€ A YEAR jured parties to hospital, but councillor for 3 MONTH SPECIAL 795€. FISH expat insurance agency fiestas, Gregoria Arriaza, hit out at their at- ALCOSSEBRE, CASTELLON 5 Bedroom House with Swimming pool 159,000 euros & titude. CHIPS “The most important thing is human life. What CTRA.N-340 KM.1046 would you think if this had been a member of 12580 BENICARLO KARAOKE your family? Wouldn’t you like the doctor to go CASTELLON Tel 964470871 etc... See our advert on page 3 with them if they were injured to ensure they were treated properly?” Stormed Arriaza. Private Sale TEL Mandy 698201986 Buy Property direct from the owner More details, Photos can be seen at Selective Advertising always Pays ENQUIRES Tel 902733622 See page 18ALCOSSEBRE BEACH RESORTA residential complex only 20 METRES FROM THE BEACHExcellent features is reflected in the interior and public areas: POOL , JACUZZI,paddle tennis courts, extensive gardens .... VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.basalco.comL’Altall Road, No. 17 A. Mallorca Resort 12 579 ALCOSSEBRE - Castellón - Tel: 964 41 25 40 - Mobile 657900313 E-mail:
  2. 2. 2 EMAIL: • Tel 902733622 September 2010 LEADING SURGEON REVEALS HOW The Euro Stress Tests … the real results VANESSA FELTZ’S Back in July, 91 of Europe’s largest banks the Bank to resume a hike in official rates DECISION TO HAVE GASTRIC BAND SURGERY OVERSEAS were required to disclose how much govern- ment liability from European countries they later this year. Also this morning, Australia’s Labour Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, finally WAS ‘GREETED WITH DISMAY’ BY OBESITY SPECIALISTS held on their balance sheets. Regulators said the data showed banks’ total holdings secured the support of two key Independent MPs which enable her to form a working Gov- of that debt as of March 31st. At the time, ernment with a majority of 2 over the opposi-In an interview with in Britain. anything go wrong,” and doctors who just worries about the Banks’ government-debt tion party.Jenni Murray and “The only potential he adds. don’t have the spe- holdings were fanning fears about the health All positive news for the currency going for-Vanessa Feltz broad- advantage of health cialist knowledge of Europe’s banking system as a whole. Re- ward. Also this morning, the Reserve Bankcast on BBC Radio tourism is that, on the and training to deal lease of the bank data was considered the “10 to 15% of gastric of Australia announced unchanged rates4’s Woman’s Hour, face of it, surgery in with them. main benefit of the stress tests, which were band patients will for the Aussie Dollar, but signalled that it isa senior bariatric Europe would appear widely criticized as being lenient overall, but eventually run into maintaining its tightening bias. Sterling has(weight loss) surgeon to be a bit cheaper. taken as showing that the exposures were problems that will “By the time you picked up this morning following its ‘acrossdescribed how Feltz’s However, once the not as widespread and extreme as had been require further cor- factor in aftercare the board’ dip yesterday. Rumour had it thatdecision to have her cost of proper after- feared. According to an article in today’s Wall rective surgery. You payments, for less the currency’s fall was on the back of a UKgastric band surgery care is added in, the Street Journal, “An examination of the banks’ need a team that is than £1000 patients Clearer buying Euro/Sterling as part of theoverseas was greet- difference between disclosures indicates that some banks didn’t willing to be there for could get weight loss Government’s requirement to fund the Eu-ed with utter dismay Europe and the UK provide as comprehensive a picture of you 24/7 in the event surgery carried out ropean Agricultural Budget. This caused theby obesity special- often amounts to their government-debt holdings as regula- of an emergency, not at some of the best rate to rise up through the 100 day movingists. just a few hundred tors claimed. Some banks excluded certain just flying in and out centres in the UK by average thus cementing the move in thinMr David Kerrigan, pounds. of the country every highly experienced bonds, and many reduced the sums to ac- market trading. Today however, the currencywho advised the gov- “What really worries couple of weeks,” he surgeons offering count for “short” positions they held—facts bounced back assisted by the fall in the Euroernment on the NICE me is that people said. years of free unlim- that neither regulators nor most banks dis- but more on strong retail sales data from theobesity guidelines who opt for cut price ited follow-up close closed when the test results were published British Retail Consortium which showed aused today, said ‘a “Sometimes com- in late July”. surgery overseas are plications, such as to home at a medi- rise in sales volumes compared to the samecollective groan’ often unaware of just cal clinic staffed 24 Asian markets, starved of news or data input month last year. Talk of the demise of the UKwent up among the band slippage or how important medi- erosion, can set in hours a day.” following the US/Canadian Bank Holiday, Consumer seems greatly exaggerated.UK’s leading bariatric cally supervised af- seized upon this article and dumped the months - or even Other celebrities Today there is a raft of economic data global-clinics after Vanessa tercare is” he says. Euro - especially versus the Yen - on fears years - after the op- who have travelled ly but little of market importance other thanFeltz revealed that “They rarely receive that Eurozone Governments and Financial In- eration is performed. abroad for gastric German factory orders. Expectations are forshe had travelled to the post-op support stitutions would accordingly find it difficult to If picked up and band surgery include another strong number - not as strong as lastBelgium to have her that is so critical for raise new and renew maturing funding with dealt with promptly, Anne Diamond, who month but still indicating year-on-year growthband fitted. a safe and effective doubts returning over the health of the re- most of these prob- had a gastric band exceeding 20%. A good question is whetherAnd he urged pa- outcome. lems can be safely fitted in Belgium. gion’s finance. The Yen was the favoured re- a strong German economy in isolation withintients thinking of fol- “This is particularly treated by a bariat- cipient on the lack of mention of the strength Europe, propagating a strong Euro, is actu-lowing her example She described her of the currency in the statement from the vital with gastric ric surgeon without surgery as an ‘un- ally beneficial for the region… proceed with ex- bands, which are not the risk of losing the Bank of Japan which followed their deci- edifying failure’ be- sion to leave Japanese rates and QE levels report by Philip Ryantreme caution. a ‘magic cure’, but band. Do you really cause no arrange- on hold. The Central Bank now seems more The contents of this report are for information purposes“Here in the UK, simply a tool to aid want to be hundreds ments had been put only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or aleading bariatric clin- weight loss. Patients of miles and several confident of strong domestic growth, and the solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held re- in place to provide expectation is that lower unemployment and sponsible for any loss or damages arising from any actionics see a constant need to be shown hours away from your proper supervisionstream of patients how to use them surgeon if anything increasing inflationary pressures will prompt taken following consideration of this information. and band adjust-who have had com- properly - and that goes wrong? ments. To make mat-plications following training needs con- “It’s a question of ters worse, the bandgastric band surgery stant support and being able to pick up had also been put inabroad,” he said. “In reinforcement if theymost cases, thesecould have beenavoided if only they are to get a good, safe result.” the phone and talk to someone knowl- edgeable who can the wrong place and she later had to un- dergo a second gas- don’t get squeezed by thehad received thecritical aftercareneeded to ensure As David Kerrigan points out, buying a gastric band without put your mind at rest when you’re not sure that things are going tric band operation at a private clinic in England. banks on exchange proper follow-up is ‘a as they should, or get David Kerrigan isthey received not just bit like buying a new you sorted out quick-a good result, but a founder and medical Ferrari without an en- ly without you having director of Gravitas,safe one. gine in it’. “It’s likely to travel for hours to a pioneering, world“Five or six years ago to be an extremely see them if some- class network ofthere was a shortage expensive and disap- thing goes wrong. committed doctorsof well-trained gas- pointing experience,” “What makes mat- and surgeons whotric band surgeons he says. ters worse is that have helped trainin the UK so many “Patients who live in many of those who many of the UK’spatients opted to go the UK need to be do run into trouble bariatric (weight loss)overseas for treat- followed up in the after overseas band surgeons (www.gravi-ment. But these UK, preferably close treatment end up in this is simply no to where they live small private clinicslonger the case - we You can hear the full and with instant ac- or their local NHS interview here: www.have plenty of highly cess to the operat- A&E department be-skilled and experi- ing surgeon should ing treated by nurses console/b00t89g8enced surgeons here SELECTIVE ADVERTISING PAYS DEADLINE TO BOOK ADVERTISING SPACE For money Contact your Valencian region office to find out the safe and easy FOR THE OCTOBER ISSUE IS SEPTEMBER 24TH transfers or way to save money on your foreign exchange: Tel 902733622 Inland Trader – Coastal Trader CIF No. B97723308- regular payments 965745471 News : Samantha Kett - Arantxa Vidal- Printed by Imprime S.I.L.S.A : Tel 902733622. Email info@in- overseas - enjoy & quote ‘Inland Trader’ Inland Trader or email: Quote Ref DIPÓSITO LEGAL V-693-2006 Coastal Trader. DIPÓSITO LEGAL A-187-2.008 ´people who opt for cut price sur- our great rates! 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  3. 3. September 2010 • Tel 902733622 3 Mobile phone companies offer ‘poor service’ and ‘wrong information’MOBILE phone operators persistently about internet coverage abroad via mo- Yoigo, Vodafone, Euskaltel, Happy Móvil, Orange and Movistar all gave conflictinggive incorrect information to customers bile phone from every single company and confusing information, and some did not know the answers.and offer a poor service, says a leading except for R-Móvil, and all companiesconsumer association. besides Yoigo gave the wrong, confusingAccording to the OCU, some 12 per cent or simply no information about tariffs forof complaints it receives from the gener- internet use public relate to telephone companies, OCU also rang major operators, pretend-and 62 per cent of these concern mobile ing to be a client who had lost his or herphone firms. PIN number.For research purposes, staff at the OCU Very few asked for any further informa-called most of the main operators to ask tion besides the customer’s name andsimple questions. NIE or DNI number to check that they ac-One of these related to the cost of 902 tually had the phone’s legal owner on thenumbers and calls abroad from mobile telephone.phones. The consumer group says calls are notYoigo, Vodafone, Euskaltel, Happy Móvil, answered from start to finish by the same They are frequently passed to another as Orange, Carrefour, Simyo and Movis-Orange and Movistar all gave conflicting operator. department if they have more than one tar – the OCU workers were unable to getand confusing information, and some did Customers who call have to go through a question. through as they were cut off after reach-not know the answers. long list of options, which leads to a sec- In the case of some companies – such ing the end of the list of options.They also had incorrect information ond and then a third list.Apple opens stores RYANAIR has become Spain’s top airline Woman caughtin Barcelona and after its passenger numbers increased after holding upMadrid by 32 per cent this year. a bank with aAPPLE has opened its first-ever store in Barce- With 12.34 million customers, the Irish O’Leary predicts that the company will market will continue to expand. pean average. He also criticised kitchen knife.lona, in the La Maquinista shopping centre. cheap flight company have transported 22 O’Leary has also air-traffic control-It has a team of around 70 members of staff has surpassed state million passengers in hinted at a return lers, calling them The accused, 35, burst into the unnamedand sells over 100 iPads, iPhones, Macs and airline Iberia by more and out of Spain by to Valencia airport, ‘inefficient’, and was bank in Valencia carrying a rubbish bag and aiPods, which customers can practice on be- than half a million the end of this year. which is now only quoted as saying: knife designed for slicing Serrano ham.fore they buy. passengers. Now that the airline running a reduced “They sit on their fat Brandishing the knife at the staff, she is re-Customers can also take part in practical With average one- has opened up a schedule in contrast butts doing nothing ported to have shouted: “This is a hold-up!”workshops and one-to-one tuition, and also way ticket prices of base in Málaga and to its previous twice- when they should be But she left the premises empty-handed whenvisit the so-called Genius Bar to gain free 35 euros, travellers Barcelona – a city daily flights to Lon- working. employees refused to give her any money.technical assistance and assessment. will have saved a to- that sees 400 flights don Stansted, Rome “And they get enor- The day before, she is said to have pulledThroughout the year, Apple will offer free tal of 2,500 million a week land and take Ciampino and other mous and unjustifi- the same stunt in the city’s Abastos district,courses for youngsters to learn how to create euros by the end of off from its main air- European airports. able sums of money where a shopkeeper handed over the 85 eu-their own films and music. 2010 through using port, El Prat – and The airline boss to provide a service ros in the till, fearing for his safety.Some 150 million people have already vis- budget airlines rath- with Sevilla also on claims the cost of us- that others could give She was arrested this week on the C/ San José de Calasanz in Valencia.ited Apple shops this year in 11 countries: er than traditional the cards, the com- ing Spanish airports at half the price.” carriers. pany is confident is some 68 per cent The accused is said to have an existing crimi-the UK, the USA, Italy, Spain, Australia, nal record.Canada, Japan, China, Switzerland, Ger- Ryanair boss Michael that the Spanish higher than the Euro-many and France.Another Apple shop is due to open in Ma-drid this Saturday. 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  4. 4. 4 Email: • 902733622 September 2010Exchange rate risk Cable thieves leave motorway without speed camerason repatriation THE theft of a massive amount of wiring on the AP-7 left the entire And this summer, a staggering 14 kilometres of electrical wiring has fractions. But also, information screens ranean stretch of the motorway as far down as Alicante, says itsBritish people living in Spain assume that motorway with no speed cameras been stolen, at a value of more toll booths, however, were work- – warning drivers of accidentsSpanish banks operate in a similar way to the this weekend. than a quarter of a million euros. ing correctly and that they had or roadworks up ahead, blockedUK. This is not the case. not suffered a single cable theft Cable theft has been rife for the This weekend, the AP-7 between carriageways or poor driving con- In today’s current market place many people last three years or so, due to in- Castellón and Tarragona had no ditions – were not working. all summer.looking to sell a Spanish property will have creasing values of copper, mean- working speed cameras due to a This situation, though, is noth- Additionally, during Benicàssim’shad to reduce the price of their property to ing the culprits can sell the inner mass theft, and parts of the N- ing new. In 2006, thieves made recent reggae festival, digitalbe able to negotiate a sale. With all the as- wiring for phenomenal amounts 340 were affected in the same off with enough wiring on the A- screens giving directions weresociated costs and taxes that need to be of money. way. 3 between Valencia and Madrid unable to be posted.paid out, maximising the amount of pounds and the V-30 Valencia ringroad Copper can fetch five euros a kilo It meant that the ministry of traf- AUMAR, the company responsi-sterling that you finally receive for your euros to stop about 15 speed cameras on the black market. fic was unable to catch people ble for maintaining the Mediter-is vital. Clients need to be aware of two im- working. speeding or committing other in-portant factors that can cost you dearly whenconverting your euros into pounds and mov-ing those funds out of Spain.Spanish bank charges More Help For Nico Concert in Castellón to fund brave little Nico’s treatment A CHARITY concert on September 19 in Cas-Once your sale has been completed you will tellón hopes to raise much-needed funds toreceive a cheque from the Notary. Many treat a little boy who is suffering from a rareSpanish banks will charge a fee based on form of cancer.the value of this cheque to accept and clearthe funds. They will then look to charge a fur- Nico, from Alcossebre, urgently needs sur-ther percentage fee to send your funds out gery and follow-up treatment in the USA,of Spain. To put this into perspective, on an since the type of care he requires is not avail-amount of 150,000€, you could incur costs able in Spain. This said, top medics from Ma-of up to 1,200€ just to clear your cheque and drid have been in talks with the boy’s parentstransfer funds out of Spain. As most clients about sourcing in the drugs and techniquesclose their accounts when they leave Spain, necessary to save his life. Either way, Nico’sthere is little room for negotiation. mum and dad are looking at a hefty bill to be able to save their son.Exchange rate risk on repatriation Their fund-raising efforts have been heav-The agreed sale price of a property is often ily supported by local people, and the latestbased on the amount of pounds sterling that move in the campaign to amass the moneythe seller hopes to receive, according to the for Nico’s treatment is a huge concert in theexchange rate at that time. However, a No- Friday 13th may be unlucky of telephone calls they were saving treatment he can’t Auditorium and Congress centre in Castellóntary / completion date can take place some for some but it proved to all able to meet up and receive anywhere else. city, featuring top local bands. Heading upweeks or even months after the contract of be a very good day for the hand over their donation to In the picture the members the night’s repertoire is Santiago Auserón (orsale has been signed. This means that sell- Nico fundraising campaign. ‘Ayuda a Nico’. They were are, from the left: Alan and Juan Perro), followed by Los Perros del Boog-ers run the risk of the exchange rate moving Nico and his family were also very interested to meet Barbara Clarke, Valerie and ie, Los Despeinados and Limbothèque.against them and thus reducing the amountof pounds sterling that they receive. For ex- presented with 500€ by all the family and chat about David Payne and Hazel and Tickets cost 20 euros and are available fromample, with an exchange rate of 1.15, a sale members of the Square the progress of the cam- Harry Snowden. Hazel is the venue itself, where the box office is openvalue of 150,000€ will give you £130,435. and Compass Club of Spain paign. presenting the cheque and from Tuesday to Friday, 08.30hrs to 13.30hrsShould this exchange rate rise to 1.18, a rise which is based along the For anyone who doesn’t Harry is one of the founder and from 17.00hrs to 19.00hrs.of just 3 cents, this would give a return of Costa Azahar. They are an know, six year old Nico has members. Nico and his They can also be purchased from El Corte£127,118 – a loss of £3,317. English luncheon club that a rare cancer, a neurob- family, parents Yolande and Inglés, Castellón theatre, or on the internet raises money for charity and lastoma, and there is a big Pepe and sister Eva are the via Servientrada. A website, www.ayudapara-Moneycorp offers a range of service that al- they read about Nico in the fundraising campaign to centre group.lows clients to lock into favourable exchange, gives various channels for provid- local press. After a little de- raise enough money to send ing donations to help the brave little boy backrates at the time of the signing of the con- tective work and a number him to America for the lifetract, taking away the risk of the exchange to recovery.rate moving against them in the future. Inmany cases we can also help to drasticallyreduce the bank fees leading to even greater Trader Classifieds Comunidad Valenciana’ssavings. For more information on how Money-corp can help you to save hundreds of euros now online healthcare ‘worst in Spainon your Spanish bank fees as well as helpingyou get more pounds for your euros, contact upload for free with photos ’HEALTHCARE in the rious doubts’ about age of 6.45 out of 10 investment per capi-us on 902 887 243 Comunidad Valen- the findings in the for standards of care ta in healthcare, and ciana is among the report, conducted – some 0.1 above an average of only worst in Spain, ac- by the Federation of the typical national 2.69 hospital beds cording to pressure Associations for the figure. per 1,000 inhabit- group FADSP. Defence of Public They also claim two- ants. According to its Healthcare (FADSP), thirds say they were Whilst most people spokesman, Mar- saying it ‘is not of an attended to quickly in are happy with the ciano Sánchez Bayle, official nature’ and accident and emer- service received the Canary Islands, ‘every year, PP-gov- gency and that 77.9 from their local GP, Galicia, Madrid and erned regions come praised the service hospitals are less- the Comunidad Va- out the worst’. they got in general favourably regarded lenciana offer the FADSP’s report points from medical staff. with many users say- poorest standards of at lack of state fund- But FADSP says the ing that they ‘treat Tel 902 887 243 medical care in the country. ing for the Valencia region’s health serv- region has one of the lowest figures of the illness, not the patient’. 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  5. 5. September 2010 • Tel 902733622 5IVA hikes and lack of incentives has made new car sales drop to an historic low. August, saw sales figures fell to of job security and public fund- were up by 17 per cent for non- those of 21 years ago. ing cuts, the average consumer rental companies, with firms buy- A total decrease of 23.8 per cent has far greater financial priorities ing more vehicles for use as com- on last year’s sales – with only than buying a new car – and the pany cars or for delivery use. 44,600 new car registrations drop in sales seen last month is Seat was the most popular brand – has caused confidence to plum- expected to continue for the rest last month, with 3,677 new cars met in the motor industry. of the year. registered, followed by Citroën Whilst the year-on-year figure still State funding cuts mean the previ- and Ford. shows an increase of 21.9 per ously-available Plan 2000E, which For the year as a whole, Seat, cent, with nearly three-quarters of made the cost of buying a new car Volkswagen and Peugeot have a million new registrations, sales more affordable, the motor indus- been the most popular. in August have been the worst try has lost around 600,000 sales since the end of the 1980s. in two years. With high unemployment, lack This said, corporate car sales Air-traffic controllers callFlat-rate mobile phoneplans are ‘dangerous’, Brazilian male prostitutes force-fed for their contracts to besays Vodafone boss cocaine and Viagra rescinded A GROUP of young Brazilian men duped into a week. AROUND 200 air-traffic controllers haveVODAFONE has called flat-rate unlimited-call travelling to Spain with promises of lucrative Their captors forced them to hand over half called for airport governing body, AENA, to re-plans ‘dangerous’ and ‘worrying’. work as models and dancers found them- their wages, in addition to 200 euros a week scind their contracts.During a mobile phone conference at selves forced into sex slavery, drugged and for their accommodation. They want to be compensated for the chang-Santander’s Menéndez y Pelayo University, locked up. They were also expected to pay back the costs es to their working conditions this February.Vodafone’s Spanish president – Francisco The boys were forced to consume Viagra and of bringing them over to Spain out of their Spokesman for the air-traffic controllers inRomán – said the company was ‘worried’ other illegal stimulant drugs so they could wages – sums that exceeded 4,000 euros. question, César Cabo, says the sector hasabout offering unlimited call times. continue to provide sexual services 24 hours National Police freed around 80 young men, been complaining about these conditions forHe said it is ‘impossible’ to stimulate demand a day. who had been flown into Spain via French and the last six months. This comes just after anwhen customers can talk as long as they like They were mostly from the Maranhao region Italian airports on flights paid for by the gang agreement was reached between AENA andfor a flat fee at any time of the day. in the northern Amazon part of Brazil, and using cloned credit cards. the unions in August, which included maxi-To this end, his opinion coincides with that of aged in their 20s. They had been placed in flats where clients mum annual hours of 1,670, and an averageTelefónica, although the latter has said it will Although the majority were offered jobs as would go to them for sex, or worked in broth- wage of 200,000 euros a year, to be reviewedcontinue to offer flat-rate call-plans despite dancers or models, a few were aware they els. in 2013. The first agreement signed by air-its reservations. would be working as prostitutes – but had no Around 14 people, including the ringleader traffic controllers was in 1999, and ran out in idea under what conditions. who was based in Palma de Mallorca, have 2004. Since then, it has been renewed pend- They had their passports confiscated and been arrested. ing new conditions being agreed. were kept prisoner in various flats, mostly in A number of women and transsexuals were It included average salaries of 375,000 euros Palma de Mallorca but also in Alicante, Barce- also exploited in the same way, and have a year and 1,200 working hours per year. lona, Madrid, and León. been set free. 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