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Gang Suspected Of Tattooing Women Forced Into Prostitution Arrested By Spanish Police

Harold Heckle, AP -- Spanish police arrested 22 suspected pimps who allegedly used violence to force women into prostitution and tattooed them with bar codes as a sign of ownership, officials said Saturday.

Police are calling the gang the "bar code pimps." Officers freed one 19-year-old woman who had been beaten, held against her will and tattooed with a bar code and an amount of money - (EURO)2,000 ($2,650) - which investigators believe was the debt the gang wished to extort before releasing her.