French, Czech police bust Vietnam migrant traffickers

21st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

French and Czech police have arrested 20 people suspected of running a trafficking network for Vietnamese migrants trying to reach Britain, the French immigration ministry said Friday.

Police picked up 15 people in France and six in the Czech Republic as part of a joint operation on Tuesday to dismantle the ring which last year managed to make 80,000 euros (100,000 dollars) from the trafficking.

Vietnamese migrants were given short-term visas for central European countries where they were given shelter and transport to another country, according to the ministry.

In France, the migrants were housed in the Paris region and in the city's Asian district before being taken to squatter camps in the north where they tried to sneak onto trucks headed for Britain.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's government has moved to clamp down on migrants using northern France as a base to reach Britain.

© 2010 AFP

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