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Interpol: Unity is needed to beat the people smugglers

By Hayden Smith

Published 12/09/2015

Greater intelligence sharing between countries is needed to tackle people smuggling, international police chiefs have said
Greater intelligence sharing between countries is needed to tackle people smuggling, international police chiefs have said

Greater intelligence sharing between countries is needed to tackle people smuggling, international police chiefs have said.

Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said all 190 of the organisation's member states must contribute to efforts to tackle "merchants of misery" attempting to exploit the migration crisis.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright highlighted the importance of nations exchanging data as trafficking gangs adopt increasingly sophisticated tactics.

Unscrupulous people-smuggling operations have sprung up around the massive influx of desperate migrants into Europe from North Africa and the Middle East.

The two police chiefs called for urgent action by law enforcement agencies around the world to disrupt organised crime networks after a meeting today.

Mr Stock said: "Criminals who prey on the desperation of those fleeing conflict or poverty are making millions in profits, which can then be used to fuel corruption and fund other forms of serious transnational crime."

Last week it emerged that nearly 30,000 people smugglers have been identified by European authorities since the start of the year.

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