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Police bust Vietnamese human-trafficking ring

David Wroe · 10 Feb 2010, 10:34

Published: 10 Feb 2010 10:34 GMT+01:00

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A police spokeswoman told The Local that nine people – a woman and eight men – believed to be illegal immigrants, were also found on the raided properties.

They were being interviewed Wednesday, the spokeswoman said. It appeared they were headed for France or Britain but were using Germany as a transit country.

“There was no sign that they were abused or were going to be forced into prostitution,” she told The Local. “They were just people trying to move to another country to live.”

In the massive operation, 250 officers from the Berlin and federal police simultaneously raided 17 locations, 10 of which were in Berlin, with the others in Saxony and Brandenburg.

The three men arrested, also of Vietnamese origin, were allegedly the ringleaders of the organisation, which is believed to span Europe. Europol, or the European Police Office, were also involved in the operation, the spokeswoman said.

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The German police had been investigating the gang since the middle of last year, but it was not known how many people might have been smuggled through Germany, the spokeswoman said.

David Wroe (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:38 February 10, 2010 by berlinski
That is a lot less Vietnamese restaurants being opened in Europe this year.
08:09 February 11, 2010 by ColoSlim
Maybe their children would have grow up to be a doctor who saves berlinski's life in spite of his racism and xenophobia.
17:29 February 11, 2010 by Talonx
ColoSlim, maybe it's a good thing that they're being deported. I don't know if what you said about berlinski is necessarily desirable.

All the same, as long as we live in a world with political borders people will put up psychological ones. Can't just get rid of one or the other, gotta get rid of them both.
17:42 February 12, 2010 by tollermann
ColoSlim nice xenophobic bigoted comment. Germany is still a soverign country and is still obligated to protect its borders!
19:35 February 12, 2010 by Talonx
Tollerman, this just in, Germany's borders are being attacked by the Vietnamese!

A bit hyperbolic don't you think (wait for it folks, 10 to 1 Tollermann comes back with 'no, your hyperbolic').
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