POLICE are investigating a series of attacks across Spain against women who believe they were pricked with needles in nightclubs.
The Guardia Civil is reportedly investigating women injected into Balearic nightclubs as six possible cases are believed to have occurred in June and July.
Victims have complained of being drugged and having lost their memories, with many finding bruises indicating they had been pricked with a needle.
Nationwide, four women went to hospital in Denia on the Costa Blanca in a single evening suspected of having suffered needlestick attacks in the town’s nightclubs.
Ten other women went to hospital last weekend for the same reason.
And a teenage girl claims two men kidnapped her from a beach party in Marina Alta and kept her in a house for two days where she was sexually assaulted.
The 14-year-old told Policia Nacional officers she was stuck with a needle to stun her at an unnamed beach party.
A number of such cases have been reported during the San Fermin festivities in Pamplona, northern Spain, with at least four women seeking help from emergency services because they were dizzy or had lost consciousness after feeling a pin prick.
In total, at least 60 cases have been reported in Catalonia, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country and Andalusia.
Spain’s Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, acknowledged the growing problem and said: “In recent days there have been some reports of women who have been bitten in clubs, bars and pubs.”
Spanish authorities have issued guidelines for those who believe they have been drugged in this way; don’t be alone, tell the bar/nightclub staff and report it to the police by calling 112.
The British consulates in Palma and Ibiza have also stepped in to relaunch their annual ‘Stick With Your Mates’ campaign to encourage young tourists to stay together on holiday.