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Haitian police announced Monday morning, that they have released 33 women who were to be sold as sex slaves, most of them minors, and arrested 12 people.

The operation that led to the rescue of the abductees took place on Sunday afternoon in a hotel complex about 60 kilometers from Port-au-Prince, after three months of research.

"We found 33 girls, of whom 20 minors, piled in one room and another 12 people, four women and eight men with what looked like marijuana and cocaine," said Danton Léger, government commissioner of the capital city.

" Last week we had the information that the girls were being sold for $ 300 each , " said Léger.

Early testimony claims that the girls - some as young as 13 years old - were taken to the hotel with the promise of attending a party by the sea.

" There is no doubt: these people are suspected of child trafficking and sexual exploitation," concluded the national police spokesman Garry Desrosiers.

The agents seized in the second room a laptop with child pornographic videos, which show that "these people were accustomed to this type of exploitation," according to Léger.

Since 2015, any individual found guilty of human trafficking can be sentenced to between seven and 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 1.5 million gourdes (about $ 22,000).

Despite this law, Haiti is one of the most trafficked countries in the world, according to the latest  United States report on human traffikcing, along with Surinam, Burma, Djibouti, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.