Two Maltese men and six Colombian women have been arraigned in Court on prostitution-related cases.
Vice Squad Inspectors Joseph Busuttil and Roxanne Tabone charged Don Spagnol and Luke Farrugia, both of Gzira, with living off prostitution and using their property in Sliema as a brothel. Both Inspectors stated in evidence before Magistrate Audrey Demicoli that the Police had raided the place and found the women naked together with their clients.
Lawyer Ginnella De Marco requested bail for both accused, but the Court denied the request.
The six Colombian women, aged between 18 and 26, faced a separate arraignment.
The women, some of whom wept openly, admitted to the prostitution charges. The Court handed down a 12-month prison sentence suspended for four years, whereupon the women appeared to be overjoyed and hugged each other when informed they would not be repatriated, as according to their lawyer Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran, they had fled their country in order to avoid poverty and hunger.