Human trafficking: a webcam model studio became hell for young people from the LGBT+ community in Barranquilla

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Victims were given substances that would enhance their sexual performance. For this reason, they were forced to work many more hours than agreed upon

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Human trafficking: a webcam model studio turned into hell for young people from the LGBT+ community in Barranquilla

In the possession of the authorities there were dozens of hours of recordings of interceptions of telephone calls between those involved in this network. PHOTO: GABRIELA PÉREZ MONTIEL/CUARTOSCURO.COM

After 16 months of actions, the Colombian authorities, with the support of the National Security Investigations office of the US Embassy, ​​managed to stop the actions members of an illegal group that, under deceit, recruited Colombian and Venezuelan citizens, belonging to the LGBTIQ+ community, to lock them up in a luxurious house located in Barranquilla. That human trafficking network had been operating in the capital of the department of Atlántico.

It was with a drone belonging to the military intelligence team of the Army border battalion that flew over the place where the said criminals were. Likewise, parallel to this, members of the Immigration Judicial Police, the CTI of the Prosecutor's Office and the Military Gaula locked up the alleged criminals. In the hands of the authorities there were dozens of hours of recordings of telephone call interceptions between those involved in this network.

They were the information portals of RCN Radio and the newspaper El Time who gave details about it. According to both media outlets, the victims were contacted by the members of the gang using false promises, generally, ambitious job proposals that sought to improve their financial conditions.

After that, they ended up generating content for a webcam studio known as CarolStudio, run by two Venezuelan citizens identified as alias Antony and his wife, alias Jhoanna, identified by their first names: Antonio Javier Salas Del Vecchio and Johanna Villasmil Altuve, respectively. . The victims were given substances that would improve their sexual performance. For this reason, they were forced to work many more hours than agreed. The drugs they supplied, say both media outlets, do not have an Invima health registry.

“They were forced to work more hours than they were told, just like They were sanctioned with fines, for non-compliance with different offenses established by aliases Antony and Johana, they were constantly monitored and controlled by a closed video circuit that was located in the studio house and they were subjected to living in inhumane conditions, In the same way, they could not leave without the permission of the owner of the study and they had a timetable for entry” , reads the research document to which both information portals had access.

Human trafficking: a webcam model studio turned into hell for young people from the LGBT+ community in Barranquilla

According to what was exposed, young people had their identity documents taken from them, whether they were ID cards or passports, under the excuse of creating accounts on platforms such as Chaturbate and Strip Chat (Photo: Andina)

Among the victims were 17 men who were between 19 and 25 years old. Of the total, five of them were Venezuelans. In the house, located in the Boston neighborhood, 45 Colombian IDs, accounting books and fines were found. “In the internal garage, 12 cabins were found in which the victims were sleeping, completely overcrowded. The study was permanently relocated and they rented houses in the residential neighborhoods of Las Delicias, Ciudad Jardín and Boston”, adds the file.

According to what was exposed, the young people were taken away their identity documents, whether they were ID cards or passports, under the excuse of creating accounts on platformslike Chaturbate and Strip Chat. Likewise, business owners used to move between neighborhoods to avoid being tracked by the police, which is why they came to rent homes, in addition to the Boston neighborhood, in areas such as Las Delicias or Ciudad Jardín.

< p class="paragraph">“This house was equipped with small studios which had a computer, cameras and lights, at the time the authorities entered, they were transmitting live sexual content through internet platforms (.. .) the constant flow of young people, apparently among them minors, entering the houses at different times of the day and it did not seem normal to them that more than 30 men of foreign nationality lived in a house and were constantly observed arriving home” , the text evidencing the investigation reads

In this case, Johanna Villasmil Altuve and Antonio Javier Salas Del Vecchio were charged with the crime of Human Trafficking in the form of exploitation l labor and sexual.