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The Guardian
Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent
October 12, 2005

  • ‘Tens of thousands’ of Turkish Kurds smuggled
  • Two-year inquiry ends with 19 arrests in raids

The suspected ringleaders of what could be Europe’s biggest trafficking ring were being questioned by detectives last night about an operation which is thought to have brought tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into the UK.

Officers arrested 19 people – three of whom are the alleged linchpins of the network, and others key lieutenants – when they stormed 12 houses in north, east and west London and one in Boston, Lincolnshire. Scotland Yard chiefs believe the ring is the biggest criminal enterprise of its type they have encountered. Police sources described the multimillion-pound racket, which involved hundreds of handlers smuggling tens of thousands of people – the vast majority Turkish Kurds – across Europe into Britain, as “absolutely massive” and “frightening” in scale. read more..

The Sydney Morning Herald
Malcolm Brown
July 1, 2005

Young women brought from Asia by the operators of a sex slavery racket thought they would get jobs as waitresses, the Downing Centre District Court heard yesterday.

Instead, they were virtually imprisoned and told to provide sexual services to pay off debts of between $35,000 and $45,000.

The court was told the operators had exploited the temporary protection visa system to get the women, brought in from Thailand and Indonesia during three years to June 2003, to pay off “debts” to the operators. read more..

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