According to the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum, the Spanish authorities of La Guardia civil have dismantled this week a Spanish-Moroccan criminal network that specializes in arranging sham marriages between Spanish women and Moroccan men, solely for immigration purposes.
Akhbar Al Yaoum added in its today’s editorial that the Spanish authorities conducted an investigation on the matter as soon as some Moroccan men, who have landed in towns in southern Spain, told the authorities that said network promised them to regularize their status through such “fake marriages” against the sum of 6,000 euros, for every marriage contract.
The Moroccan migrants said that they were let down by their “fake wives” as soon as they reached Spain. They said that half of the amount they gave went to the network while the other half went to the “fake wife.”
Akhbar Al Yaoum added that following hearing the case, and after conducting an investigation, the Spanish authorities have effectively arrested around 15 people involved in those fraudulent marriages, including many Moroccans.
Most of the arrests took place in Córdoba, Andalusia and the authorities confiscated as well a large number of administrative documents belonging to prospective candidates for sham marriage.
The Moroccan daily closed saying that “such networks are taking advantage of the plight of relatively poor-Moroccans, who hope to travel to Europe solely for a “better life prospective,” to earn decent amounts of money.”
The Moroccan Times.