A joint police operation in San Antonio has resulted in ten arrests on charges of offering sexual services on public roads, and two further arrests for the sale of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
As reported by the City Council, on Wednesday between 02:00h and 05:00h, a new joint operation has been carried out in which agents of the Local Police of Sant Antoni, Civil Guard and the National Police Force have collaborated.
The action was aimed at the prevention of street vending and compliance with Immigration Laws, and was centred on Santa Agnès Street, the West End’s main drag.
Of those arrested there were also various documentation and immigration irregularities, including the inability to present any documentation of the right to be in Spain, using false documents that had been reported as stolen, and refusing to co-operate in the task of identification.
The sting comes after repeated complaints of many local residents and businesses of a lack of action being taken to halt criminality in the town resulting from illegal street vendors and prostitutes openly plying their trade, and in both cases often accused of being responsible for additional crimes of drug sales and robbery.
There is no information yet released as to what action will be taken against those arrested in the sting, whether they have been released, or whether there are any further sting actions intended.
IMHO – The important thing here is the last line of the report. “There is no information yet released as to what action will be taken against those arrested in the sting, whether they have been released, or whether there are any further sting actions intended.”
On the one hand we all have a right to be cynical/sceptical given the lack of any attempts to curb this problem in the past.
But on the other hand, if they are going to tackle the issue, they have to start somewhere.
Will it be a one off publicity over policing action? We’ve seen that before as when the British Ambassador visited the West End and they managed to rustle up an extra 50 coppers, a helicopter and 3 tanks for the evening.
Or is it an actual start of something? There are differences in this report, particularly in respect to dealing with immigration papers, a political hot potato that some feel is one of the reasons the problem has been ignored for so long.
Time will tell. I have set a follow up request for the 1st of August asking for the current status of these arrests, and whether any further actions have been taken.