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Europol checked its databases and found that these suspects were already linked to 150 investigations

In the arrest of 8 of the most dangerous migrant traffickers, who are active in throughout the EUits operational task force proceeded Europol.

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An OTF business team, led by German Federal Police and coordinated by Europol, targeted some of the most dangerous migrant traffickers across the EU. Netherlands, led to the launch of 39 new investigations. On the last day of action of the group, on June 1, they were arrested two “high value goals”12 home searches were carried out and amounts over 80,000 euros were confiscated in Germany and France.

Within the company:

  • Eight “high value targets” were arrested and three with a European arrest warrant (2 in Austria, 7 in Germany, one in Hungary and one in Romania)
  • 127 mediators were arrested (63 in Austria, 19 in Germany, 15 in Hungary, 25 in Romania, 4 in the Netherlands and one in Serbia)
  • 916 cases of migrant trafficking were detected (600 in Austria, 262 in Germany, 26 in Hungary, 22 in Romania and 6 in the Netherlands)
  • A total of 151 home surveys were conducted (37 in Austria, 70 in Germany, 17 in Hungary, 25 in Romania and 2 in the Netherlands)
  • Assets with a total value of approximately 900,000 euros were confiscated.
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The OTF Pathfinder, set up at Europol in August 2021 and launched in Germany, targeted some of the EU’s most dangerous migrant traffickers. These “high value targets” of Europol, mainly Syrian nationals, had global connections. in the countries of origin, transit and destination. Europol checked its databases and found out that these suspects are already linked to 150 investigations.

Since the launch of OTF Pathfinder, national police authorities have launched 39 new investigations into these 14 individuals.

One of these investigations led to the arrest of one of the high value targets by the Italian Economic Corps, with the support of the Greek Police and the Albanian Police.

Another investigation led to the arrest of 18 suspects in Romania. The suspects charged between 4,000 and 10,000 euros, despite the fact that they trafficked and hosted migrants in extremely unfavorable and often life-threatening conditions.

The survey found that the targets facilitated the smuggling of at least 10,000 migrants, mostly of Afghan, Pakistani and Syrian descent, into the EU.

Europol facilitates the exchange of information and analyzes large amounts of information, which assist national investigations into linking these large-scale cross-border criminal activities and identifying perpetrators and migrant trafficking activities.


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