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7 charged with involvement in organized crime group for migrant trafficking

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The General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and the prosecutor’s office broke up a migrant trafficking network. Charges have been brought against 7 persons, of whom data exists that they are part of an organized crime group assisting human trafficking across the territory of Bulgaria from Turkey to Serbia and then to Western Europe. The group’s leader has also been apprehended.

The traffickers were paid EUR 2,500 per person for taking the illegal migrants from the border with Turkey to the border with Serbia, EUR 1,500 of which was for the crime group leader. All people who have been charged are Bulgarian. The migrants are from Morocco, Syria and Afghanistan. The operation was conducted in partnership with Europol.

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