(Tea Party 247) – There’s big money to be made in the human smuggling business and anywhere there are free societies you can bet there are criminal organizations seeking to make big bucks off a people looking to illegally move. We mostly think about our own issues at the Southern border and are very familiar with illegal immigrants paying smugglers to sneak them into the US so they can enjoy all of the benefits of being an illegal immigrant here.
The US is not alone in the fight for secure borders, despite what the leftist media would have us believe. European countries also have laws regulating the crossing of their borders and despite Europe opening their arms to the migration of hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants, they still take border security very seriously.
A major criminal migrant smuggling organization has just been brought down by the British Royal Gibraltar Police and the Spanish National Police with the support of Europol. The organization has reportedly been smuggling illegal immigrants from Morocco to Europe.
Homeland Security Today reports:
The operation led to 47 arrests, house searches in Gibraltar and Spain and the seizure of €19,000 in cash, 12 smartphones, five cars and various documents. A total of 16 devices were successfully examined: six mobile phones, four media storage devices and six SIM cards.
The organized crime group, active in Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain, was facilitating the U.K. visa application procedure in the British embassy in Rabat. Each migrant paid between €7,000 and €8,000 to the facilitators. The criminal organization would have gained about €1 million from these illegal activities. Drivers, taxi drivers and staff to manage travel tickets – also part of the organization – charged migrants an additional €100 to €200 on top of the €500 to €700 paid for secondary movements within the European Union (EU).
Once the visas were granted, the migrants arrived in Gibraltar by plane or ferry from Morocco. In Gibraltar they were picked up by members of the organized criminal group and driven to Spain, hidden in off-road vehicles with tinted windows. In Spain, the migrants were provided with temporary accommodation or bus tickets to travel to another part of Spain or cross over to other EU Member States.
Europol supported the investigation with intelligence analysis and facilitated the information exchange. It deployed a mobile office in Gibraltar and Spain to cross-check operational information against Europol’s databases. Additionally, forensic extractions of devices were carried out at Europol’s headquarters and the results were analysed by experts from Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre.
Much like the United States, European countries take border security seriously and have enforcement agencies to uphold the laws. Unfortunately, progressive lawmakers have made life in European countries all too comfortable for those who reside there illegally, just like liberal lawmakers have done here in the US. Migrants are willing to spend thousands to be smuggled in like drugs because they know it’s an investment that will pay off.
Thankfully, Britain, Spain, and Gibraltar have taken a stand against this type of illegal human smuggling. Hopefully it will act as a deterrent for future smugglers and illegal migrants alike.