More than a 100 children smuggled from Morocco to Spain: European police hit two organised crime groups

June 22, 2018
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With the support of Europol, the Spanish National Police has dismantled two organised crime groups dedicated to facilitating the illegal entry of unaccompanied minors from Morocco to Spain, in a two-phase investigation carried out across several provinces in Spain. Twenty-eight members of the criminal organisation were arrested in Spain and ten houses searched in various provinces across Spain. During the operation, police seized numerous fake documents, data storage devices and mobile phones.

It is estimated that more than a hundred minors were smuggled using different modi operandi. The minors were recruited in Morocco and illegally entered Spain using dangerous means of transportation. 

Smuggling by land through border crossing points has been of special concern to Europol and is being closely monitored.


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Countries covered:

  • Morocco