African Immigrants in the UK are Targeted by Criminal Gangs

“Criminal gangs are targeting African immigrants for extortion, British police warned,” by Claire Newell and Holly Watt for the Telegraph:

British police have been warned that Africans in the UK are being targeted for extortion by foreign gangs, the Telegraph can disclose.

Europol, the European crime intelligence agency, has said that families are being forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds to free relatives who have been kidnapped.

Officials warned that criminal gangs are demanding £20,000 from European “contacts” of African immigrants for the hostage to be released.

Rob Wainwright, the Director of Europol, said that the organisation “has issued a warning to all police forces in Europe that this form of international extortion may also be happening in their areas”.

“In response to any increase in cases reported to national competent authorities in Europe, the centralised analysis of this data at Europol would enable the detection of cross-border links between different cash handlers…

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