A major police search was underway for a missing five-year-old girl on the Spanish border with Portugal today, just 120 miles away from where Madeleine McCann vanished last year. Mariluz Cortesa was apparently abducted on Sunday evening in the town of Huelva around two hours drive from Praia da Luz where four-year-old Maddy was snatched last May. Kate and Gerry McCann made at least one trip to Huelva to highlight the case of their missing daughter, believing she may have been driven through the town by her kidnapper. There is no border control between the two countries at Huelva and the frontier was not closed off on the night Madeleine disappeared. Portuguese border police were not informed Madeleine was missing until the following morning. And members of the country's Borders and Aliens Service were only given a photograph of the toddler 12 hours after she disappeared. The lapse would have given an abductor plenty of time to get across the border to Spain unchecked. Detectives searching for Mariluz are investigating a travelling circus which was said to have been in the area at the time. Yesterday it was revealed that private detectives searching for Madeleine were investigating paedophile gangs in Spain amid fears she could have been abducted on their orders. Detectives from agency Metodo 3 travelled to the Costa Blanca, between Alicante and Valencia, to investigate networks operating in the area. Gangs of child-sex abusers there have links with paedophiles in Belgium and Morocco, according to Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias. Francisco Marco, director of the Metodo 3 agency, believes she was identified by "spotters" in Praia da Luz, abducted on the orders of a paedophile gang and smuggled through Spain into Morocco.