Free Press Journal

Migrant smuggling: 26 arrests, Interpol hunts for fugitives


Paris: Police in an Interpol-led operation have arrested 26 people across several countries accused of involvement in migrant-smuggling and the international police
agency wants the public’s help to find suspects still at large. European police authorities say organised crime networks are playing a big role in Europe’s migrant crisis, earning up to USD 6 billion in revenue last year by capitalizing on migrants’ desperation.

Interpol said in a statement that those arrested in the 24-country operation in May include a Moroccan suspected of selling Belgian identity cards to Syrian migrants, and an Albanian group charging migrants 14,000 euros to travel across the English Channel by boat. Interpol released appeals today for help finding 11 other
people from several countries accused of illegally smuggling Iraqis, Afghans and other migrants.