Berlin Launches Massive Human Trafficking Raids With 1,900 Officers
Federal police are searching 100 homes and businesses all over the city
The Berlin prosecutor’s office has announced that 1,900 police officers are searching premises in the German capital as part of large scale human trafficking operation.
Authorities tweeted Wednesday morning that federal police are searching 100 homes and businesses all over the city as the probe gathers pace.
The investigations are based on allegations of human trafficking for work exploitation, along with organized trafficking of foreigners to work in construction, the prosecutor’s office said.
But the office said it could not disclose any e any further details because the raids were still ongoing.
Authorities and police also searched properties in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhal
The raids are due to suspicion of "human trafficking for labor exploitation."
The office added the raids were prompted by "organized smuggling of foreigners into the construction industry."
Spokesman for the central customs office in Berlin, Michael Kulus, told Germany daily Bild newspaper that the operation is expected to last the entire day.
Kulus added that "construction sites, businesses and tax advisor offices" are being raided.
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The primary focus of the operation is to obtain evidence like emails and data stored on smartphones, Kulus told the news agency DPA.
Although here still no details, authorities say further information will be available later.
Human trafficking and link to EU migrants
The news comes a month after Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini rejected the EU's globalist migrant plan, vowing instead to "crush human trafficking."
Italian Interior Minister Salvini refused to change his country's position on mass-migration during emergency talks in Helsinki on the distribution of Mediterranean migrants.
The discussion in Finland's capital was regarding the formation of a coalition of countries within the European Union who would open up their borders to accept mass-immigration from mostly African nationals.