Migrants are paying organized crime groups 200 Moroccan dirhams (US$ 21.15) to help them jump over the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla, according to a confidential report by the Spanish Civil Guard and obtained by El Pais on Thursday.
President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration is likely to bolster organized crime, research says.
One of the masterminds behind the 2015 migrant smuggling network along the Western Balkan route and his accomplice were arrested in Athens, the Hellenic Police said on Monday.
A few days after CNN released a video footage showing migrants being auctioned off, the Libyan government launched on Friday a formal investigation into alleged immigrant slave markets, the US television network reported.
In an international effort, authorities in three European countries arrested on Thursday 26 people suspected of facilitating illegal immigration.
Italian authorities said Monday they arrested 68 suspected members of a ‘Ndrangheta mafia group that stole food from migrants at Italy’s largest reception center, siphoning off over 30 million euros in state funds.
Albanian authorities arrested six people suspected of being part of a larger smuggling network that brought migrants from the Middle East and Africa to Western Europe.
Turkish police busted a human trafficking ring Friday, detaining 23 alleged traffickers suspected of smuggling migrants from Turkey to Europe, local media reported.
The chief of Bulgaria’s border police and his deputy have resigned after reports that the police had granted a contract for transporting migrants to a company linked to a suspected people smuggler.
A Bulgarian court ordered five members of a group prosecutors suspect of loansharking, blackmailing, racketeering, property fraud, trafficking and harboring illegal immigrants, into pretrial detention Sunday. Their leader is allegedly a prominent member of the Bulgarian Euroroma party.
An Afghan man was shot and killed late Thursday evening on the Bulgarian-Turkish border in the first such deadly incident on a European Union (EU) border since the beginning of the refugee crisis.
Spanish authorities have arrested 89 people in a crackdown on a large human trafficking network allegedly run by Chinese and Pakistani nationals.
Macedonia could build a fence on its Greek border to block an influx of refugees transitioning through the country, according to Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki.
Turkish authorities have arrested four people they suspect of being human traffickers responsible for the deaths of at least 12 Syrian refugees who drowned as their two boats sank on Wednesday.
A fifth man suspected of involvement in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria last week has been detained in Hungary, said police Sunday.
Hungarian police will send special border patrol units to its southern border with Serbia to stop a stream of predominantly Syrian refugees from entering the country.
Serbian authorities have arrested three people suspected of involvement in large-scale migrant smuggling after they found 90 people in a house in Belgrade on Tuesday.
Police in the town of Subotica, in northern Serbia, have detained one person and charged eight on suspicion of illegal border crossing and human trafficking as they tried to smuggle Syrians through Serbia into the European Union (EU).
A court in Italy has sentenced the human trafficker who helped cause the catastrophic 2013 shipwreck near Lampedusa in which 366 migrants lost their lives.
The number of people who have been displaced worldwide reached an all-time high in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a statistic that also reflects a worrying number of recent high-profile human-trafficking cases.
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