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Fugitive 'godfather' captured in Spain

By Gustavo Valdes, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say Adrian Rascu fled France five years ago
  • He was sentenced to 10 years for human trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • Authorities say he promised women jobs, but the women were forced into prostitution
RELATED TOPICS
  • Spain
  • France
  • Organized Crime

(CNN) -- One of France's most wanted has been captured in Spain.

Adrian Rascu -- also known as "El Padrino," or "the godfather" -- was captured as he exited a gym in Madrid on Friday, Spain's national police said in a statement.

Rascu fled France five years ago after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for human trafficking and sexual exploitation, authorities said.

According to police, Rascu was accused of recruiting Gypsy women in Romania and promising them jobs in France. Once in Paris, the women's passports were taken, and the women were forced into prostitution. Those who objected were physically abused and raped.

Police said "El Padrino" had been using a false identity, and the gym where he was arrested was also the place where he met with other organized crime groups.