Germany: Police Raid Homes Looking for Human Traffickers

Germany: Police Raid Homes Looking for Human Traffickers

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 - 07:00
Police officers lead a handcuffed man after he was detained during raids in connection with human trafficking charges in Berlin Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Germany is witnessing raids by hundreds of federal police who are searching for those in connection with illegal human trafficking networks.

The massive raids are targeting traffickers who are bringing people from India and Pakistan by arranging fake marriages for them in Berlin, DPA reported.

Prosecutors said the raids started early Wednesday and homes in the eastern cities of Leipzig, Eilenburg and Hettstedt and other towns have been searched, according to AP.

No further details were released by the police on the matter.

Last month, Reuters reported officials saying the German police have raided flats in Berlin and Brandenburg and arrested suspects of being members of a gang smuggling Vietnamese people into Germany.

Also back in April, the German police raided sites across Germany in another crackdown on human trafficking and forced prostitution.

The federal police said on Twitter that "the raid, which also involved Germany's GSG9 special operations police unit, represented the biggest mass search in the history of the federal police."

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