June 17, 2021

The judge of the biggest case against prostitution imputes to a civil guard more than 70 crimes | Society

The judge of the biggest case against prostitution imputes to a civil guard more than 70 crimes | Society

The protected witness DPA 123 B arrived in Spain, from Brazil, in an irregular situation on October 19, 2006 and on November 29, she met her first raid. But that was not an authentic inspection, and there was no police record of it. First corporal of the Civil Guard Armando Lorenzo Torre, member of the Team of People and Emume (women and minors) of Lugo, appeared in the Siren Club proclaiming that he was "head of foreigners" and ordered a companion to photograph the women of one in one. They went to the kitchen to be photographed and give their personal information. And when it came to DPA 123 B, Lorenzo asked: "What makes a beautiful girl in prostitution?". She replied that she did it "out of necessity". And the corporal ordered his partner to take full-body photos. Afterwards, he asked the woman for her mobile number. And that's where everything started.

The following were the repeated calls to the girl and the visit to the home of this, on December 18, by Armando Lorenzo. He pulled out his pistol, laid it on a table. He told him "I come from deporting 20 or 30 of your compatriots", "your days in Spain as legal are ending, give me the passport that I fix for three more months". Then, although she refused, he forced her to do fellatio and then penetrated her "without a condom." All this is reported in the Operation Carioca, the biggest investigation against the procuring mafias that has taken place in Spain and which has its roots precisely in the denunciation of this young woman. After a decade of instruction, the judge reviews the activities of the agent (one of the main among the hundred accused who came to add the cause) and proposes in a car of more than 200 folios the prosecution of the corporal for more than 70 crimes.

The magistrate Pilar de Lara It also orders another 23 women who have the right to assistance to come forward as victims of gender violence. It offers the Xunta de Galicia the popular accusation and takes a measure never applied until now: advise the State's attorney that the Directorate General of the Civil Guard is responsible for the crimes committed by this agent and also by his boss, the Brigada Julio Baquero, to whom he attributes omission and bribery. The judge is based on the fact that her activities were "widely known by her hierarchical superiors".

The order of transformation of the proceedings in summary proceedings provides for the imminent prosecution of these two agents and several pimps, among them José Manuel García Adán, owner of the Queen's and Hill clubs, located at the epicenter of the Carioca plot. After the case will go to the Provincial Court of Lugo, which must ratify the conclusion and order the opening of oral trial. The arrest of Armando Lorenzo, who entered prison and then was provisionally released with the ban on residing in Galicia, convulsed the Lugo society.

A score of crimes attributed to her by the judge have been prescribed or dismissed for lack of evidence, but among those still standing are sexual assault with intimidation and threat to the protected witness, and 21 bribery offenses in relation to other women to those that required sexual favors in exchange for regularizing them so as not to be deported. De Lara also considers him the author of extortion and bribery offenses with respect to the brothel owners, to whom he offered favorable treatment if he received economic benefits in return. It also attributes to it the revelation of secrets, influence peddling or documentary falsification in the elaboration, for example, of false accusations against owners of brothels that supposedly refused to pay them. Finally, the judge takes into account a dozen ongoing crimes of omission of the duty to prosecute crimes, and several charges related to the "favoring of prostitution".

According to the head of the Court of Instruction No. 1 of Lugo, the civil guard not only performed as "taxi driver" in the body's official car when transporting women to the Queen's to avoid possible controls and deportations. It was also responsible for referring this and the other brothel run by the pimp García Adán to many workers in the clubs where there were raids, instead of taking them to "a shelter or an NGO," reproaches the instructor.

"The allegedly criminal activity of Corporal Armando Lorenzo goes back to his previous assignment in the Judicial Police Organic Unit attached to the Provincial Court of Lugo, in which he would have won the trust and friendship of a magistrate," the judge said. In the other world that the agent frequented, there were women who "brushed aside indigence," he says. "The vast majority were foreigners", young people, "vulnerable", "they were in an irregular situation in Spain, they needed to send money to their children, parents, brothers and one of their main fears were the raids, in which they could be arrested and expelled from the country. "

In the clubs work women who "have suffered rape or abuse, or have simply tried to escape the poverty of their countries and build a better future," he recalls. As a result, defends De Lara, Lorenzo "abused his superiority", asked for sexual favors for him, for friends and even for "partners of his son", sometimes at parties in flats and other times in clubs. And he supposedly used his close relationship with the Immigration officials of the National Police to fix expulsion orders and permits.

The summary includes follow-ups, phone taps and SMS that reveal their supposed weakness for legally vulnerable women. Messages in which he combines physical references with his bureaucratic procedures. "I want you to know that when I saw you for the first time, I fell in love with you, your eyes shone as if it were the moon that reflected in them, and being with you, your body and soft skin gave off an aroma that I carry in my hands. Give the full name In the note you gave me I do not understand.

The protected witness said that from the moment she refused to maintain more contacts with the civil guard "she began to suffer a situation of harassment by the national police", until in September 2008 she was identified at her home and he initiated a file of expulsion, which was carried out in March 2009. Armando Lorenzo, says the judge, exercised his influence, especially in a dozen clubs in the province and came to collect money of about seven. In some cases, De Lara points out, he looked like one more, "as if he were on the payroll." And so, for years, "he built a widespread belief that he had the capacity to fix all kinds of papers and documentation related to the administrative situation of foreigners in Spain."

"Before going to bed with you, I get into concrete"

A Venezuelan woman who worked as a brothel manager said in court that she felt "humiliated by the abuse of power": "How is it possible that those who have to ask for help are those who abuse you? to your mother to ask for help and you stab her ";" you can not sink more to those who are already sunk ". According to this alleged victim of the first corporal, the man claimed his sexual services and she refused. "You do not want to collaborate, you do not want to behave well … because you're going to finish the deal," he threatened, presumably. "Kill me, but before going to bed with you I get into concrete," she says he once answered. "Armando finally complied with his threats," the judge concludes, "because she suffered a raid by the Labor Inspectorate, which imposed a high fine on the premises, after which the raids and her detention continued."

The clubs that did not accede to Armando Lorenzo's demands suffered "persecution", "extortion" and "threats", De Lara said. According to the judge, the corporal used some women, sometimes under "unbearable pressure", to testify false facts against owners of brothels and thus "eliminate competition in a war between clubs." Another Venezuelan witness stated that one day the agent took her to the barracks, told her that if she did not cooperate with a (false) report, she would expel her. And if he did he would give him the papers, he would make her a protected witness, he would receive a pension of 300 euros a month and he would receive help to get a flat.


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