Nearly 700 trafficking victims freed in Interpol global operation

Operation ‘Weka II’ resulted in the arrest of 88 alleged human traffickers and 83 migrant smugglers. The arrests “show the breadth and value of global operations,” says Interpol.

Nearly 700 victims were freed and 300 detainees were the result of a global operation against trafficking in persons carried out this month in 44 countries and coordinated by Interpol, announced the international police network.

Operation ‘Weka II’ took place between the 12th and 17th and resulted in the arrest of 88 alleged human traffickers and 83 migrant smugglers, Interpol detailed in a statement released this Wednesday.

Police made a further 100 arrests for crimes such as forgery of documents or trafficking in weapons and drugs, and highlighted the “polycriminal” nature of organized crime groups.

Among the most outstanding cases of the operation is the arrest in Morocco of a man who recruited women from Nigeria and Morocco and then sent them to Spain and other European countries, where they were forced into prostitution.

A man suspected of leading an international group taking women from Guinea-Conakry and Morocco to Spain to be sexually exploited has also been arrested in Côte d’Ivoire.

In both cases, leads to his identification and arrest began to be obtained from previous Interpol operations, in 2020 and 2021.

“These arrests show the breadth and value of global operations, not just now, but also in the long term, thanks to the creation of leads and networks” between investigators from different countries, said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

Another of the results of the operation reported by Interpol was the dismantling, in The Gambia, of a network of five suspects who charged a thousand dollars to migrants to take them to the Canary Islands (Spain).

Furthermore, in several countries in the Middle East and Africa, human trafficking networks were dismantled, lured by false promises of work, and then subjected to slavery, and around 4,000 migrants of 29 nationalities were identified in a process of being transported by smuggling networks. to other countries.

Source: With Agencies

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