The Local Police force in Torremolinos have seized more than 100 fake designer T-shirts during an ongoing campaign to combat illegal street vendors operating in the town centre and along the promenade. A special surveillance team from Torremolinos and police officers from Benalmádena were involved in the operation last weekend.
The officers observed several vendors offering counterfeit goods to tourists on the beach front between Montemar and Puerto Marina. On realising they were under surveillance, the hawkers fled the area, but officers managed to apprehend one of the group, who had the T-shirts and other fake designer merchandise wrapped in two blankets.
Torremolinos and Benalmádena town halls have been working together for several years to find a solution to the problem, but legal business owners claim that local authorities are not doing enough to stop the vendors trading. Although the traders are popular with tourists, local shop owners say they give the Costa a bad reputation.