Major people trafficking ring smashed in Greece: Europol

March 17, 2015 1:38 PM

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THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Police raids across Greece last week smashed an international people trafficking ring that made $8 million in profit from smuggling Syrian migrants into Europe, and 16 suspects were arrested, officials said on Tuesday.

The operation served to "reinforce our actions against...the ruthless criminals who facilitate irregular migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Union Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.

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