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Largest smuggling gang ever in Belgium arrested

The federal police of East Flanders delievered a major blow to international smuggling. A gang has been rolled up that smuggled up to twenty migrants a day across the Channel. Ten suspects are in custody.

Two thousand euros per person, so much did approximately 3,000 undocumented migrants pay to gang of Kurdish smugglers. The smugglers were operating out of our country. Their goal: to get migrants clandestinely in Britain and exploit them.

The migrants gathered in parking lots along the highway E40, in Grand-Bigard, and along the E17, in Kalken and Waasmunster, to hide in the back of trucks. This probably happened with the complicity of the truck drivers.

In May last year  the federal judicial police of East Flanders launched an investigation. Between late May and late November, the investigators were able to trace all active gang members in Belgium and arrested them. Ten suspects are in the cell. The two key figures, operating out of England, were arrested on Friday. The Belgian court asks the two to be extradited as soon as possible.

Up to twenty migrants a day  were smuggled across the Channel. The numbers surpass all previous studies around human smuggling in our country.

Source:De Standaard

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