Greece: Migrant trafficking ring operations disrupted…but for how long?
Yes, smugglers are a problem but the real problem are the ‘poor’ illegals who pay 5,400 to 6,500 euros each for their services. The EU should focus first on eliminating the demand by immediately sending the illegals back…without their money. This is the message that needs to be sent, instead of this fake EU game of trying to dismantle smuggling networks that will never disappear as long as they are paid well by the illegals for their services.
Success (reaching and staying in the EU) keeps the money and migrants flowing. Authorities believe that an Iraqi Kurd who operates a store in Athens is a major migrant trafficker engaged, mainly, in getting Turks to western Europe, either directly or via Greece.
A French-flagged sailboat was headed to Italy with 36 migrants, most of them from Turkey and Afghanistan. Its crew, three Ukrainians, were arrested, as was an Iranian citizen, who was monitoring the departure on the coast and whom authorities consider one of the ringleaders of the trafficking ring.
Authorities were alerted to the gang earlier this month, when another boat carrying migrants to Italy developed engine failure and its passengers had to be rescued.