Police smash international Vietnamese trafficking gang

8th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police in Germany said they had smashed an international people-trafficking gang on Tuesday, making 10 arrests in a coordinated raid with France, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Britain.

More than 250 German officers took part in dawn raids, seizing incriminating evidence, computer equipment and mobile phones, according to a statement.

A Europe-wide probe has been underway since September against 22 suspects accused of trafficking 72 Vietnamese citizens from Germany to Britain via Belgium or France.

Police said people pay up to 25,000 euros (34,000 dollars) to be transported, often via Moscow, to Germany. They are then brought to Britain where they hope to be taken in by the large Vietnamese community there.

© 2011 AFP

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