219 people arrested in 39 countries, according to Interpol

219 people arrested in 39 countries, according to Interpol
219 people arrested in 39 countries, according to Interpol

As part of a vast operation against human trafficking, carried out jointly in 39 countries, 219 people were arrested, Interpol announced Monday June 24. During the dragnet, called “Global Chain”, 1,374 potential victims were identified, including 153 children, the international police organization based in Lyon said in a press release.

Carried out from June 3 to 9, the operation was led by Austria and coordinated by Romania, Europol, Frontex and Interpol. In particular, it enabled the Hungarian authorities to arrest a couple suspected of having “sexually exploited six of his children and forced them to beg on the streets”.

“Crucial international cooperation”

In Laos, Vietnamese authorities arrested a suspect who lured 14 Vietnamese with promises of well-paid jobs, before forcing them to create fraudulent online accounts for financial fraud. Victims’ documents were confiscated and they were forced to work twelve to fourteen hours a day.

Interpol specifies that 276 new investigations were launched following this operation, and 362 suspects identified. “It is extremely difficult to detect these crimes due to the frequent lack of witness testimony, leading to a large number of cases going unreported”said Lars Gerdes, deputy executive director for operations at Frontex, quoted in the press release. “This is why our international cooperation is so crucial”he added.

The World with AFP

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