SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) _ Police have broken up a criminal ring that allegedly lured dozens of foreign women to Spain and forced them to work as prostitutes, authorities said Saturday.

Police arrested 15 people, mainly Spaniards, who ran the business, as well as 20 alleged prostitutes, who were charged with illegal immigration. No names were released.

Police made the arrests after raiding brothels in several cities in the northern region of Galicia and in neighboring Leon province.

The women were believed to have been recruited in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria with promises of nightclub jobs in Spain, said a spokesman for the national police.

They were allegedly forced to work as prostitutes after being ordered to pay off recruitment and transportation fees of about $1,300 each, the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity.