Egypt launches biggest crack down on gangs, agents of illegal migration to Europe
London, Nov. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Egyptian authorities have arrested six illegal migrants and three people believed to be part of a wider network of underground agents responsible for illegal migration in the country
A statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior on Friday described the operation is the largest onslaught by the government on trafficking gangs who are responsible for the shipment of migrants through the Mediterranean to Europe
The arrested three migrant traffickers/ gangs were understood to belong to a six-member migrant smuggling gang luring youngsters to travel abroad via the Mediterranean Sea charging a sum of money that could range between LE 50,000 and 150,000 LE, the statement said.
According to the initial investigations, two members of the gang were working on attracting young people and asking for money, while two other members were responsible for getting forged travel documents.
The rest of the gang is living abroad to receive the migrants in transit countries then moving them to their final destinations
The authorities also confiscated a total of 35 forged passports, dozens of IDs and university certificates with different names and huge amount of money
On July 20, 2019, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadeq referred six defendants in the lawsuit publicly known as “The Illegal Migration Gang” to urgent criminal trial.
The Public Prosecution revealed that the six defendants formed with others a criminal group for migrant smuggling and were preparing to smuggle a group of Egyptian youths to Italy, including minors.
In February, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and the Ministry of Interior collaborated to arrest 71 suspects affiliated with four gangs involved in migrant smuggling in Cairo, Giza, Beheira, Kafr al-Sheikh, and Gharbeya.