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Germany: Suspected refugee smuggling ring raided and arrested in Potsdam00:56

Germany: Suspected refugee smuggling ring raided and arrested in Potsdam

Germany, Potsdam
January 21, 2016 at 00:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Coordinated investigations by both German and Turkish authorities led to the arrest of an alleged migrant smuggling ring in Potsdam on Wednesday. Members of the group were detained by police in what reports have suggested is the breakup of an international smuggling network which was transporting refugees from Turkey to Greece.

Police units broke into two apartments late on Wednesday, detaining several of the suspects in the raid.

Reports have alleged that the smugglers transported a total of 1766 people into the cargo holds of ships, charging refugees up to €5500 ($6000) for each voyage.

Due in large to strict European border controls and growing numbers of refugees escaping mounting conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, an estimated 3,000 refugees have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2015, according to an International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Some 246 of those have been killed in the waters between Greece and Turkey, as stated by the IOM.

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Coordinated investigations by both German and Turkish authorities led to the arrest of an alleged migrant smuggling ring in Potsdam on Wednesday. Members of the group were detained by police in what reports have suggested is the breakup of an international smuggling network which was transporting refugees from Turkey to Greece.

Police units broke into two apartments late on Wednesday, detaining several of the suspects in the raid.

Reports have alleged that the smugglers transported a total of 1766 people into the cargo holds of ships, charging refugees up to €5500 ($6000) for each voyage.

Due in large to strict European border controls and growing numbers of refugees escaping mounting conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, an estimated 3,000 refugees have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2015, according to an International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Some 246 of those have been killed in the waters between Greece and Turkey, as stated by the IOM.

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