Germany probes Nigerian human trafficking ring

15th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The ring, believed to involve at least seven Nigerian nationals, is said to have obtained visitor's visas under false pretences on behalf of Nigerians wanting to come to Germany.

Berlin -- German authorities last week launched a wide-ranging investigation into an alleged people-smuggling ring suspected of illegally bringing Nigerians into the country.

The probe follows raids last week on 21 premises in the western cities of Frankfurt and Kassel, Munich in the south, and the capital Berlin by police and custom officials, the federal crime office said in a statement.

The ring, believed to involve at least seven Nigerian nationals, is said to have obtained visitor's visas under false pretences on behalf of Nigerians wanting to come to Germany.

On arrival, the visitors handed over their passports and documentation to members of the gang before applying for political asylum under assumed names, the statement said.

The ring was also allegedly involved in drug-smuggling and money-laundering.

Those accused first came under suspicion after Spanish authorities at Madrid airport found a Nigerian who was living in Germany and traveling with 364,000 euros (484,000 dollars) in undeclared cash, the statement said.

It gave no further details regarding those suspected of involvement in the ring and did not specify how many people it might have helped get to Germany.

AFP/Expatica

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