Human trafficking group dismantled, ‘more arrests may follow’

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The Polish Border Guard detained seven people accused of trading over 100 people to the West.

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The arrests took place in the outskirts of Warsaw following an investigation by the regional Organised Crime section of the Prosecutor’s Office.

The Polish-Vietnamese gang is estimated to have traded over 100 Vietnamese citizens to Germany, France, and Belgium between May 2016 and August 2017. They were to transport them through Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania to the Polish cities of Warsaw and Kalisz.

The seven individuals were charged with organising an international criminal group and human trafficking. For these crimes, they face up to 12 years of imprisonment.

Moreover, “due to the high risk of an escape attempt, five of the arrested were temporarily detained until the time of the trail”, prosecutor’s press officer said, adding that the investigation is still in progress and “more arrests may follow.”