Global Interpol-Led Anti-Trafficking Operation Arrests 286
29 Jul 2021

By Emily Tan, OCCRP, 28th July 2021

OCCRP — An Interpol operation involving 47 countries worldwide rounded up 286 people suspected of being members of human trafficking and migrant smuggling criminal groups and rescued 430 victims, according to a statement released on Monday.

Police carried out some 500,000 inspections at checkpoints, airports and other hotspots in Operation Liberterra, which took place across five days, from July 5 to July 9.

The coordinated operation allegedly dismantled 22 criminal organizations. Apart from the 430 rescued human trafficking victims, another 4,000 migrants from 74 countries were identified, many of whom required medical, psychological and housing assistance.

Colombian authorities broke up two different criminal networks, one of which smuggled migrants into the U.S., and the other focused on bringing Cuban and Haitian migrants from Ecuador into Colombia.

In Sudan, police rescued 253 human trafficking victims and made 32 arrests. Members of a smuggling ring in North Macedonia bringing migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Syria into Greece were also arrested.

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