Spanish police are investigating a series of cases of women being injected with syringes possibly containing nails in crowded clubs, following similar incidents in Britain and France.
The attacks, reported to police or on social media in recent weeks, have raised fears that sexual predators may have found a variation of spiking potions to prey on women.
However, no traces of drugs or other toxic products have been found so far and no cases of related sexual violence have been reported.
In recent weeks, police have registered 23 cases in Catalonia, mainly in the tourist town of Lloret de Mar and in Barcelona, and 12 in the Basque Country.
The victims’ stories are similar. The woman, usually a young woman, is partying when she feels a needle prick in her arm or leg and then becomes dizzy or sleepy, the Basque police said.
Police are asking anyone who believes they are being targeted to go to a health center as soon as possible and report the incident.
An outbreak of “needle spiking” cases was reported in Britain in 2021 and in France this year.
Spain registered its first attacks in early July, during the Pamplona bull running festival.
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