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219 criminals are apprehended by Interpol in a human trafficking operation


Interpol said on Monday that a significant global anti-human trafficking operation resulted in 219 arrests and the identification of 1,374 potential victims—153 of whom were children—across 39 nations.

Operation Global Chain was carried out on June 3–9 with the intention of dismantling high-risk criminal networks engaged in forced labour, forced begging, and sexual exploitation. Austria spearheaded the operation in conjunction with Romania, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), and Interpol.

The week-long operation targeted criminal networks involved in human trafficking, especially that of children, and involved police and border guards from other continents.

Authorities as a result launched 276 fresh investigations and named 362 more suspects. In addition, they found 363 false documents and seized 2,074 illicit assets, including money and equipment, according to Interpol.

Twelve matches were found when Interpol’s global databases were checked; two of the subjects were wanted by Interpol for red alerts.

“Operations like Global Chain show that no country or continent is immune to human trafficking and exploitation. Whether perpetrated by family members or organized crime groups, the impact on victims is devastating.
“As a global law enforcement community, we are committed to sharing vital information to bring perpetrators to justice,” said Richard Chambers, Interpol’s director of organized and emerging crime.

(Source: AA)

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