Police in Balkan States Break up Human Trafficking Ring
Monday, June 4, 2007 11:46 AM

Police forces in five former Yugoslav republics have broken up a gang that has been smuggling migrants into the EU. Police officials from the five states -Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia - told journalists in Belgrade on June 1 that the joint operation resulted in the arrest of 77 people. The largest number, 21, were seized in Slovenia. Nineteen were seized in Macedonia, 16 in Croatia, 11 in Serbia, and 10 in Bosnia. Local media reported that the migrants each paid between 2,000-3,000 euros ($2,700-$4,040) to be smuggled into the EU.

Published in: "Police in Balkan States Break up Human Trafficking Ring," Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, 4 June 2007.