Tenerife bar worker warns over 'dark side of island' after Jay Slater vanishes

A Tenerife worker has spoken out in the wake of Jay Slater vanishing. A woman who worked in Tenerife for two years says "there's a dark side of the island tourists rarely see" in the wake of Jay, aged 19, vanishing after a rave in the Canary Islands holiday hotspot.

Ciara O'Loughlin lifts the lid on life in the vibrant Canary Island she once called home - recalling how some bars would be a "haven for illicit activities". Missing Jay and his two pals, Lucy Law and Brad Hargreaves, had attended a rave at Papagayo nightclub at which he was pictured the day before he went missing.

Lucy returned to their shared holiday accommodation with Brad while Jay joined two other men and travelled to a property to the island's north, near the village of Masca. When he didn't return, she reported him missing and became involved in the search effort as his family arrived on the Spanish island.

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Ciara said: "Seven years back, working and residing in Tenerife lived up to my dreams. Such was the allure that I returned for another season. Earning less than €4 an hour and serving cocktails for six nights didn't bother me as I was enjoying life immensely. Days meant lazying around by the pool or sunning at the beach, evenings were accentuated by serving refreshments with a cheerful mien, and off-duty times boasted VIP access to supreme festivals and vivacious parties."

She said: "I observed other bars deeply involved in illicit activities, providing a haven for dealers throughout the night. Many young workers on the strip, oblivious to the serious risks, found themselves caught up in dangerous situations linked to these dealers.

"Guiding drug-seeking tourists to these dealers would earn them a swift €10. In stark contrast, my friend and I begged for tips just to quench our thirst, unlike others who seemed to live without such financial worries. While the culture of drinking while on duty was promoted, there were penalties for overindulgence. The punishment?

"A €50 fine, which surpassed our nightly earnings. We were also obligated to dedicate three or four hours each week to thoroughly clean the bar. Failure to show up resulted in another €50 fine." She went on: "To all young people setting off on your first party holiday, have fun, but stay vigilant.