Human Trafficking network revealed in Europe after a series of coordinated raids in multiple countries
November 13, 2017 | Brainwave Science
On October 26, 2017, 11 people were arrested in simultaneous early morning raids at several addresses in London, Birmingham, and Gateshead. A total of 27 people across the UK, Belgium, and Bulgaria have been detained as part of the operation, which the authorities say is continuing. Five nations — Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands and Britain — took part in the operations, with police carrying out a total of 42 searches.
The smuggled victims are mainly from Afghanistan, with some also from Pakistan and Vietnam. The gang “is believed to have transported migrants in specially-adapted vehicles, passing through various EU member states, with the UK as a destination. The group had also “modified the back door of the storage area of vehicles, most minivans, thus creating a double door in which the migrants were hiding during travel”, Europol said in a statement. The ring-leader of the group, which has been under surveillance since January, was said to be a wheelchair-using “disabled man from Afghanistan who was based in the UK”, it added.
There were involved 200 officers in the raids, which was codenamed operation Halifax. This arrest operation in the UK was supported by officers from the National Crime Agency. The suspects arrested on that day have been taken to more than one police stations in London, Birmingham, and Gateshead for questioning.
Authorities say it is likely other arrests will follow.
The illegal trade is worth many millions of pounds to the traffickers, who charge between £7,000 and £10,000 for each illegal immigrant they smuggle into the UK.
“This international investigation is targeting an organized network suspected of being involved in a systematic attempt to evade the UK’s immigration controls,” said Steve Dann, director of the criminal and financial investigation at the Home Office. “We have been working closely with law enforcement colleagues across Europe and that vital co-operation will continue as the investigation proceeds with the evidence we have seized today.”
The Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis has also stated that “This operation is a good example of how we can bring together law enforcement from across Europe to work together to take on that threat and disrupt the organized networks involved in people smuggling.”
This raises a fundamental point that this is a problem that touches all countries in the world, it is an international problem relating to Immigration and Border Control tied complexly with trafficking humans for modern slavery purposes – including labor exploitation and the illicit sex trade.
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Mr. Robert Crepinko, the head of Europol’s migrant smuggling center mentioned an important fact “The case highlights how easily one criminal can lead a huge, pan-EU network from one EU member”.
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