75 Arrested in Human Trafficking Ring Bust
Gang smuggled Chinese citizens into US and Europe for $53K per person, say cops
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
A Spanish police officer displays visa stamps found in the bust.   (AP Photo/Spanish Police)

(Newser) – Police have arrested 51 people in Spain and 24 in France after a two-year investigation into a Barcelona-based organization that was allegedly smuggling Chinese migrants into the US and Europe. Authorities say the gang charged $53,000 per person for "false identities and transport [for] Chinese citizens to the United States and countries such as Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Turkey," Sky News reports. According to Spain's Interior Ministry, some of the people smuggled in ended up in the sex trade.

The gang's "kingpin" lived in China, but had multiple cells in different countries in what was a "perfectly structured, hierarchical organization," according to police. The traffickers would take their clients through a different route from China every time, but would always land in Barcelona before going on to their final destination. Also seized in the operation: 81 fake passports, the equipment to make them—computers, scanners, fake customs stamps— cellphones, bundles of yuan and euros, and a handgun.

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Who_Cares
Aug 11, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
So they caught 75 people and there is thousands, that they don't know about. Criminals are always going to be there no matter what, I may not like it but that's bottom line.
milosleubner
Aug 11, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
With fifty grand you could get a residency in at least twelve decent ,lovely countries around the world where the real life is hundred times better then here now. Six millions of Americans have already flew the coop so they don't have to share the same breathing space with fools ,drones ,sexless zombies and ego maniacs . As for the poor Chinese migrants - I guess they will have to swim back when they realize their mistake.
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 11, 2013 3:14 AM CDT
Sounds like a lot of trouble. I'd be willing to bet that the Greek government would give them officlail documents for less than $50,000. And you can call me...........Ms. Olympus