Suspected expat pimp arrested in Costa Rica

Published:  6 Aug at 3 PM
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An expatriate living in Costa Rica has been arrested during a raid on a residence suspected of pimping.

The man, 40, was taken in by officers from the Office of Judicial Investigations (OIJ) after they stormed a property in the district of Plaza Viques, just south of the capital San Jose.

The officers were received a tip-off about the home, located in a quiet area of the town, from locals who suggested that an underground brothel was being run inside. The information received indicated that foreign women could have been coerced an intimidated into prostitution, which led to the OIJ’s Human Trafficking Unit conducting the raid.

The agents interviewed the suspected prostitutes for more than three hours, and found that they were not being forced into their work, nor were they threatened in any way. They learnt found that the majority of the clients were European and North American men after studying a log book with customers’ details listed inside.

They also confiscated a computer, marketing material in Spanish and English, a smartphone, business cards and digital pornographic material that was played in each room of the property.

In a crackdown on pimping in the Central American country, officers have also visited districts known to attract sex workers and sex tourism this week, including San Jose’s Gringo Gulch district and the Del Rey hotel and casino. Acts of prostitution, however, are not illegal in Costa Rica.
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