Interpol targets migrant-smuggling networks

2015-10-16 17:25


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Paris - The international police organisation Interpol said on Friday that it would focus on cracking down on people-smuggling rings, whose work has drawn mounting scrutiny during a period of unprecedented global migration.

"We are trying to lend a hand to those states that need our support with regard, for example, to building border-protection capacities," Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said during a two-day tactical forum.

Stock said one of the emphases was building a network of information sharing that would allow member states all over the world to submit information and receive analyses that could help them control their borders.

He said the work would focus specifically on people-smuggling rings, adding that the organisation's mission was not to target migrants or refugees themselves.

According to the latest International Organisation for Migration statistics, more than 600 000 people crossed the Mediterranean this year on their way to Western Europe. Boats that make the crossing are frequently manned by smugglers, who often charge large sums and fill vessels beyond their capacity.

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