Nightclub fined for employing illegal immigrants

An Albufeira nightclub that illegally employed foreign women to offer hostess entertainment to clients looking for sex has been fined €90,000.

The operation by the immigration and border control police (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF) has also ended in a man being sentenced by the court for falsifying documents and supplying so-called legal work contracts, each costing the victims €500.

He received a suspended five-year jail term for assisting in the illegal immigration of more than 100 foreign women who were coerced into working as prostitutes in the club.

SEF uncovered the plot in an operation which started in 2008 and culminated in the arrest of the guilty party in 2010.

He was found guilty of 15 offences of illegally assisting immigrants who were offered illegal work contracts in the nightclub, according to a report in Correio da Manhã newspaper, which did not reveal the name of the establishment.