An international organised crime watchdog has warned that the increasing hostility of immigration policies worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic is endangering migrants who may instead turn to smugglers for help moving across borders.
Some drivers see the coronavirus-related lockdown of the Kurdish-dominated region of Iraq as a good opportunity to make some extra cash by smuggling people from one city to another in their delivery trucks and vans.
UK authorities have put a Chinese man behind bars for renting out hundreds of properties to gangs to be used in prostitution, drug trafficking and human smuggling.
After finding 39 frozen bodies in a tractor-trailer last week, UK authorities arrested the driver and three other suspects of manslaughter, Essex police announced Monday.
Police arrested 162 suspects of document fraud, human trafficking and smuggling, and identified 476 victims of sexual exploitation and forced begging during a nine-day-long operation throughout Europe, Europol announced Friday.
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