Network of smugglers operating between Tunisia and Italy broken up (corroborative sources) | Tunisia News Gazette

Network of smugglers operating between Tunisia and Italy broken up (corroborative sources)

Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested 13 suspects in a high-speed migrant trafficking ring operating between Tunisia and Italy, according to corroborative sources.

Prosecutors in Palermo issued arrest warrants for 13 people — seven Tunisians, five Moroccans and an Italian woman.

This comes a few months after a similar network operating between Tunisia and Sicily was broken up.

Phone intercepts showed migrants paid between 3,000-5,000 euros for the high-speed trip that brought them surreptitiously to Italy in just a few hours, allowing them to avoid being taken to refugee centers and finger-printed, reads an Italian report relayed by corroborative sources.

The investigation before the bust revealed that “some members” of the network showed “hostile behavior to Western culture”.

In one intercept, a man is heard telling the organiser of a migrant crossing that he planned to travel onto France to carry out “dangerous work from which he might not return”, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Source: TAP News Agency

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