By Imogen Calderwood, Carey Camel and Jared Garland
POLICE in Spain have apparently no official records for the crime of drink-spiking.
Hospitals and town halls have also failed to give any indication of the severity of the problem, despite a terrifying 60% increase in sexual attacks in Spanish resorts last year.
The shocking revelation comes as assaults from spiking begin to soar, with the summer season now well underway.
“It is clearly becoming a bigger issue and particularly in the summer,” said a source at Marbella Town Hall.
“The problem is we just don’t have the statistics to back it up.”
It is this failure to keep official records of attacks that is making it hard to tackle the issue as millions of young holidaymakers descend on the costas this month.
In an exclusive investigation, the Olive Press has uncovered evidence of numerous attacks at a variety of Spanish resorts including Puerto Banus, Fuengirola and Magaluf.
At one nightclub, bosses sacked an employee for spiking a client’s drink, without even calling police, while at another, a teenage expat revealed how a man had brazenly ‘added a powder’ to her drink.
Magaluf, in Mallorca, hit international headlines this week after a video of a British teenager performing oral sex on 24 men on a dance-floor went viral.
The two minute clip shows the young blonde led on by a cheering, cat-calling crowd.
The 18-year-old from Northern Ireland has since claimed her drinks were spiked and she was later raped.
The incident has led many concerned tourists – and expats – to question the ability of the authorities in Spain to take drink-spiking seriously.
Police stations in Marbella, Malaga, Mijas, Fuengirola and Mallorca were shockingly unable to provide any statistics about drink-spiking.
Malaga National Police came back insisting our request was ‘unauthorised’ – with no explanation why – before directing questions to its headquarters in Madrid.
Marbella Local Police admitted they had no records, while the town hall – which labelled its records ‘confidential’ – refused to comment officially.
However, a source close to the mayor told the Olive Press that spiking is a serious concern.
“The trouble is we haven’t got the statistics so we don’t know how big or small the problem is,” he said.
“I have three children myself so it is something I am worried about. We are taking this seriously.”
Only the Ministry of the Interior offered any official statistics, but these failed to break reports down beyond ‘sexual aggression’ – with no mention of ‘drink-spiking’.
Even the official www.policia.es website, which does have a page on ‘holiday security measures’, fails to make any reference to the issue.
A spokesperson for Mallorca-based Hospital de la Cruz Roja said: “We can’t say anything about that.”
At Hospital Costa del Sol a spokesman said that patients who claim to have been spiked are simply grouped with all other ‘drug-related’ incidents.