Moroccan gang charged up to 6,000 euros for people smuggling
Police have made another wave of arrests for human trafficking between Africa and Spain.
This latest gang is believed to have been res-ponsible for smuggling illegal immigrants from Morocco, charging them between 3,500 and 6,000 euros each.
Once in Spain, they were housed in “safe” homes of the network, and after payment of another 1,000 euros by relatives, they were distributed to different areas of the Spanish and European geography.
In the operation, two minors have been released and eleven people arrested, eight in San Pablo de Buceite, Cádiz; one in Algeciras, Cádiz; one in Torrelavega, Cantabria and one in Marbella, Malaga.
The investigation began in Pamplona when a migrant told police he had travelled from Tangier with 12 other people in a smal boat or “patera” to Spain. They had to transfer to an inflatable rubber boat to get to the beach in the town of Tarifa. Here, he was picked up by two Moroccan brothers, considered the main mem-bers of the organisation in Spain, and transported in vehicles to a farm. They spent several days in the custody of the network and once the 1,000 euros had been received, he was transferred to a bus station where he was provided with a transport ticket .
Police found that the network captured both adults and minors, all of them from Morocco.
“The dismantled network trafficked 50 immigrants of Moroccan origin, several of them minors,” said a spokes-man.