219 people arrested by Interpol

219 people arrested by Interpol
219 people arrested by Interpol

AA/ Istanbul / Yasin Gungor

A major international operation to combat human trafficking has resulted in 219 arrests and the identification of 1,374 potential victims, including 153 children, in 39 countries, Interpol announced Monday.

Operation Global Chain, led by Austria in coordination with Romania, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and Interpol, was carried out from June 3 to 9 with the aim of dismantle high-risk criminal networks involved in sexual exploitation, crime and begging.

The week-long operation involved police and border guards from several continents and focused on criminal networks active in human trafficking, particularly children.

As a result, authorities opened 276 new investigations and identified 362 additional suspects. They also seized 2,074 criminal assets, including cash and equipment, and detected 363 fraudulent documents, Interpol reported.

Checks against Interpol’s global databases revealed 12 matches, including two subjects wanted under Interpol Red Notices.

“As a global law enforcement community, we are committed to sharing vital information to bring perpetrators to justice,” said Richard Chambers, director of organized and emerging crime at Interpol.

*Translated from English by Wejden Jlassi

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