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250 child prostitutes in Colombia raped and branded, Madame arrested

More than 250 child prostitutes were allegedly raped and provided with tattoos after being taken to a tourist town in Colombia.

The police in the northern Italian city of Cartagena have arrested 18 people, including foreigners, hotel owners, police officers, a naval captain and a Colombian woman named "Madame".

The underage girls, mostly from Colombia and Venezuela, are between 14 and 17 years of age and were allegedly raped, tattooed and forced to have sex with locals and tourists.

Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello, known as the "Madame", is said to be the leader of the network along with some unnamed Israelis.

"Madame" Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello was allegedly responsible for recruiting girls from poor neighborhoods (Photo: CEN)
Campos Puello posed for glamorous photos with lots of money (Image: CEN)

Campos Puello was reportedly responsible for recruiting girls from poor neighborhoods to sex parties, under the guise of modeling tasks.

She allegedly helped them with passports and sent them money for expenses, but when the girls arrived, their documents and possessions were taken away and forced into prostitution.

At least 250 minors were reportedly lured to Cartagena in one year, which is considered to be the biggest case of sexual exploitation in the city.

Colombian police arrest Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello (Photo: CEN)
The police also arrested foreigners, hotel owners and police officers (Photo: CEN)

The girls were allegedly presented in catalogs and forced to attend parties on luxury yachts and hotels.

The Attorney General said, "The Madame has a criminal record for heroin trade and illegal entry into the United States.

She was also responsible for running a prostitution service in the beach area and used international contacts to organize events that the girls had to attend.

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The designated Colombian President, Ivan Duque, promised to intensify efforts to combat the sex trade in Cartagena after the arrests.

"We will not allow Cartagena to become a destination for sex tourism," Duque tweeted Monday, pledging to "target human trafficking and the exploitation of women in our cities and tourist destinations."

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