European Police Arrest 103 in Suspected Human Trafficking Ring

For CNN by Ed Payne on January 31, 2013—
“Officials are calling it one of the largest operations against human traffickers in Europe.

Police in Europe arrested 103 people in 10 countries this week, all accused of smuggling in people on boats, freight trains and small hidden compartments in the floors of buses and trucks.

The massive operation spanned a host of European nations and deployed more than 1,200 police officers.

The operation descended on homes and properties across Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic, Turkey and Kosovo region in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Related operations took place in Switzerland and Austria.

Their search yielded 176,500 euros (about $240,000) in cash, plus a collection of mobile phones, laptops, bank statements and a semiautomatic rifle with a large amount of ammunition.”

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