Policemen arrest four members of child trafficking ring as horrific video emerges showing girl tortured and threatened with exercise in Colombia
- Authorities arrested four members of a sex trafficking stake in Bogotá, Colombia
- The suspects were identified as Colombian citizens of Silvia Yaney Castañeda and Danilo Pacheco
- Police also arrested Exyerin David Vargas and Leonardo Jesús Vargas, both from Venezuela
- The attorney general’s office said the suspects forced the victims – some of whom were under the age of majority – to perform sexual acts in a bar
- Authorities learned of an incident in September 2019 where a girl told a bar customer that the bar was selling illegal drinks and drugs
- A video recorded by the traffickers shows the moment when the girl was tortured, her hair was cut and threatened with a drill because a man called her a ‘snitch’
- The girl later managed to escape her captors and returned to Venezuela
Colombian authorities have arrested four members of a sex trafficking ring and rescued four girls. Four girls were held by them.
The Office of Attorney General said the suspects forced adult and underage women, many of them migrants from Venezuela, into prostitution at a bar in Bogotá’s southern town of Bosa.
Authorities seized a cell phone belonging to one of the suspects and learned of an incident in September 2019 in which one of the male suspects recorded that a young girl was assaulted and tortured.
In the gruesome video – which the Daily Mail has decided not to republish – the girl is seen on a bed with pliers gripping her feet and cutting her hair.
A man behind the camera waves a drill in front of her and threatens to kill her.
The punishment was reportedly in retaliation for the girl who told a bar customer that the owners were selling fake drinks and drugs.
Silvia Yaney Castañeda (second from left), Danilo Pacheco (third from left), Exyerin David Vargas (third from right) and Leonardo Jesús Vargas (second from right) were charged with human trafficking, torture and incitement to prostitution after they were arrested in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sundays
A cell phone seized by police in Colombia showed a girl from Venezuela who was threatened with an exercise by members of a sex trafficker. The underage girl was one of many promised a job at the bar before being forced to have sex with customers. The girl later managed to escape her captors and returned to Venezuela.
A male accomplice then slapped the girl and said to her, “Why didn’t you cry when you started snapping?”
The man behind the cell phone camera then said, “Let’s kill her with the drill,” before the other suspect aimed the drill at the terrified girl’s face.
Recordings from Colombian National Police showed the moment when the suspects were arrested on Sunday after a judge issued an arrest warrant after collecting testimony from the four girls and footage from surveillance cameras at the bar.
The suspects were identified as Silvia Yaney Castañeda and Danilo Pacheco, both Colombian citizens. Police also arrested Exyerin David Vargas and Leonardo Jesús Vargas, both from Venezuela.
All four suspects were charged with human trafficking, torture and incitement to prostitution.
Colombian nationals Silvia Yaney Castañeda (left) and Danilo Pacheco (right) were among the four members of sex traffickers arrested by authorities in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sunday. The attorney general’s office said the group tricked adult and underage women, mostly from Venezuela, into working in a bar before being forced to have sex with customers
Exyerin David Vargas (left) and Leonardo Jesús Vargas (right) were reportedly responsible for recruiting the victims and promising them a job at a bar in Bogotá, Colombia, before forcing them to have sex with bargoers. The girls were paid a small part of the collected money
Investigators claim the four were responsible for recruiting the victims and promised them a job at the bar.
Then they forced girls to have sex with clients and got some of the money paid to the traffickers. The victims were also required to meet a certain quota and had to work extra hours if they fell short of the traffickers’ expectations.
A police spokesman said all four girls have since returned to Venezuela. The girl who appeared in the terrifying video managed to escape her captors and also returned to Venezuela.
Silvia Yaney Castañeda (left) is questioned by police in Bogotá, Colombia shortly after she and three members of a sex trafficking ring were arrested on Sunday