Tag: people smuggling

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Swiss ‘Sugar Mama’ Faces Jail for Trafficking Younger Migrant Boyfriend

Swiss national Barbara Schwager, 56, faces potential prison time in Switzerland after she smuggled her 27-year-old illegal migrant boyfriend out of Switzerland to avoid his deportation back to Pakistan. The 56-year-old claims that she wants to marry her much younger partner Nadeem Akram


Austrian Police Find 18 Migrants in Back of Truck

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say they have arrested a Bulgarian national after 18 migrants were found in the back of his truck during a search on the border with Hungary.

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Greece Arrests Three Suspected Migrant Smugglers

ROME (AP) — Greek authorities say they have arrested three men on suspicion of ferrying 69 refugees or migrants on a yacht to the island of Zakynthos off the western coast of Greece’s mainland.


Italian Minister Backs Prosecutor on NGO Migrant Trafficking Claims

ROME (AFP) – Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on Saturday said he “agreed 100 percent” with a prosecutor’s repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya. Sicily-based prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro sparked a row


Cyprus Official Says 700 Migrants Could Land in Next Week

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Up to 700 migrants could arrive on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus next week on smuggling trips from Turkey, a top Cypriot official said Saturday, hours after 93 migrants landed in the dark on the island’s northwestern shore.

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100 Missing At Sea After Boat Capsizes Off Libya

ROME — A migrant ship carrying around 100 people capsized in the frigid waters off Libya on Saturday and only four survivors had been rescued after hours of searching, aid groups said. Eight bodies were recovered but poor conditions were

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Migrants Hire Ukrainian Yachts For ‘Luxury’ Crossings To Europe

Human smuggling gangs are increasingly hiring Ukrainian sailors to captain yachts and other boats for migrants willing to pay up to $8,000 for safe passage to Europe, Italian police said on Wednesday, after the arrest of two suspected traffickers.


Afghan Travels 400KM Strapped Under Lorry in Dash to Northern Europe

An Afghan caught traveling 400km attached to a lorry’s undercarriage has announced that he still plans to sneak into Northern Europe. Drivers alerted police to the young Afghan man after they caught sight of him suspended from a makeshift belt harness. Traffic