January 31st, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Trafficking raids across Europe

In one day, 103 suspected human traffickers were arrested in 117 different locations – with raids carried out by some 1,200 police officers from more than a dozen countries.  Europol the European Union's law enforcement agency, says it is one of the largest ever operations against human traffickers on the continent.

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  1. Maliaki

    "103 suspected human traffickers were arrested in 117 different locations"
    Had some of them been dismembered and spread around to different locations? Divide by Human error.. Does not compute..

    February 1, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Luicky

      Haha good spotting

      February 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      There is a Reuters article and earlier CNN article (among others), "European police on Tuesday simultaneously arrested more than 100 people in 10 countries in what they called the biggest raid on a migrant smuggling ring in the history of the European Union." If you want (consistent) real news, you pretty much have to use Google News.

      February 4, 2013 at 3:58 am | Reply
    • Jadhar

      The raid included more locations, than the number of location at which they made arrests.

      February 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • BigC


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  2. Annabelle Drumm

    Excellent work! Congrats to al the men and women who worked towards this raid. A very satisfying day.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  3. Robert C LAWson

    Well done,A very satisfying result I am sure, I do hope however that enforcement looks at what else! these people were involved in, at the same time, those who have the lack of empathy to allow such actions, will always! be part of other inhuman scams, it is part of the "network" deal.It is also very important that media explain that the lack of support and law for the victims can be and is extremely! dangerous for them,,If they cant go to law enforcement? then who?..Good one, more please!

    February 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  4. Bianca

    I wonder how many were in Kosovo. This is a well known dirty secret, as this little "country" is responsible for most of the human trafficking, and in many European countries, the largest drug dealers. And this is happening under the noses of NATO troups and European EULEX, that is, a body of legal experts and prosecutors trying unsucessfully for years to come up with a semblance of a legal system. The problem is, the very top of the "government" there has been connected with the human trafficking crimes. And worst of all, they have been doing illegal organ trade, using first the captured Serbian people in Kosovo, and later continued the trade with the unfortunate people who paid money to the criminals to be transported to another country illegaly for jobs. Along with the exploited women, they all become victims of organ harvesting. Former Hague prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte identified one location in Albania, and exprerts collected all kinds of evidence around the location, including the drugs used in surgeries, plenty of equipment, discarded material, etc. Yet, the evidence somehow 'got destroyed" in Hague! Then Swiss prosecutor Dick Marti prepared a special report on the organ trafficking, implicating the top leadership of Kosovo. After all, the president himself was once on US list of terrorist, part of so called Drenica Klan - that smuggled people, heroin, arms and - organs. What happened to the report? Shelved somewhere. For as long as US continues to support that hub of crime in Europe, nothing can touch them.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • brandonnkelly

      Thank you for sharing this. There was a film called "The Whistleblower" with Rachel Weisz which outlined aspects of the human trafficking trade in Kosovo. It did not however touch upon the organ harvesting operation. What was interesting about the film is that it did also allude to the fact that much of the human trafficking was supported by members of the UN. It's very unsettling to think that the people that are sent abroad to help are actually contributing and in some cases creating new problems for the citizens they are meant to protect. But alas we live in a world that is often corrupt and deviant. Thank you for sharing this detail, I will research further.

      February 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
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    BUT, let a gent go for some fun – "Human trafficking!!!"

    Just an assault on the male.

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