26 arrested for smuggling thousands of Afghans
Afghan migrants are detained in a Greek port in May 2010
January 14th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

26 arrested for smuggling thousands of Afghans

Italian police supported by the European Police Agency arrested 26 people this week suspected of smuggling thousands of illegal immigrants from Afghanistan into Europe.

The smuggling network was responsible for transporting about 200 hundreds migrants a month since August 2008, according to a news release from Europol. Twenty percent of those moved through the network were children, the police agency said.

The migrants were first moved through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey into Greece, the agency said. From there, they went through Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro or Bosnia into Rome for transport northward. Most went to the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden. The migrants could spend from days to weeks in transit, depending upon circumstances.

Migrants paid anywhere from $4,600 to $6,600 for the trip. Money was moved through the system using the “hawala” money transfer network that operates outside of normal banking channels, Europol said.

Most of the 26 arrests were made in Italy, but others were taken into custody in France and Germany, Europol said.

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  1. Dindy.....

    January 16th ,2011 at 7.29pm post is not mine. A dead soul without any creativity follows me and all other in desperation. Shame to man kind.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy.....

    Willie 12345...sadly again ..you are completely wrong.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      Are you trying to deny that there's a lot of lithium,gold,nickel,silver and other mineral resources buried deep in the ground in Afghanistan? Of course there is!!! That's precisely the reason we're over there!!!

      January 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Sorry Willie,I didn't post the above. You're quite right.

        January 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    January 15th at 4:53am is the phunny boy who follows me in every post. Poor soul !! post under your own ID.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dindy.....

    sad story. .Innocent civilians of Afghanistan need support from all over the world.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      But first the NATO countries can show their support by kindly vacating that country but they won't because of the great mineral resources discovered there,sadly enough!

      January 15, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN


        January 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    I'm absolutely heartsick over this! Just think that we fought a war to get rid of Benito Mussolini only to have him replaced by somebody 10 times worse than he. This creep Berlusconi puts no value on human life nor anything else for that matter,not to mention the fact the he consorts with underaged girls! You right-wing idiots can laugh at me or insult me as much as you want,but that will change nothing!!!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    People are not safe in Afghanistan after US control. Like in Iraq they were safer under the former regime, albeit harsh.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      You said it,salerno. Good post.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheeze

      The people of Afghan were not safe under the former rule you should look up human rights in that country.

      January 16, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        the average person was waaaaay more safe and secure under Saddam. Idiotic statments like the one from "cheeze" just shows the power of propaganda in the US. The biggest risk to Iraqi's was from the horribly oppressive sanctions that the US put on them. The Us had and has no standing to invade another country on the basis that we dont like thier leaders politics. quit being a sheep and recognize that the illegal invasion of iraq had nothing to do with freeing anyone and had everything to do with oil. and controlling the middle east, and furthering conflict in the world. The US is involved in de-stablizing the whole world, or at least 70 or so countries currently. The more unstable the world the more they can control idiot sheep like yourself. Christians (mostly by US) kill more people in any given year of the last 30 than all other religions combined in that span. so combine all deaths done at the hands of all other relgiions in the last 30 years and it doesnt equal that of 1 year at the hands of christians. facts people, not opinions. get your head out of your you know what and think, research. quit listening to the stupid headlines. support wiki leaks.

        January 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Good posting,Dan. Thank you.

        January 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |