Gibraltar - Matuteras in action at Gibraltar Frontier
Gibraltar, 19th August 2014 - Scenes of a group of women hiding behind a bus stop by the stretch of road leading to the Gibraltar Spain frontier. The women can be seen to be concealing the contents of their bags under their clothing.
The area is a demarcated Blue Zone area, which prohibits persons from being involved in the concealment of tobacco or any other activity which can be construed as being involved in tobacco smuggling. The bus stop is directly beside a tobacco kiosk and is constantly patrolled by both Customs and Royal Gibraltar Police Officers. Women involved in tobacco smuggling are known as "matuteras."
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