Smugglers Earned Approximately $5 Billion Last Year

“Smugglers Made at Least $5 Billion Last Year in Europe,” by Rick Gladstone for the New York Times:

Smugglers made $5 billion to $6 billion in 2015 spiriting roughly one million migrants into the European Union, two multinational law enforcement agencies said Tuesday in a joint report that quantified the profitability of such trafficking.

The report also said that more than 90 percent of the migrants reaching the European Union were helped at some point in their journeys by criminal smuggling networks, and that most of the fees demanded by the smugglers were paid in cash.

“A large number of criminal networks as well as individual criminal entrepreneurs now generate substantial profits from migrant smuggling or crimes related to the ‘facilitation’ of migrant smuggling,” said the report, a collaboration between Europol, a law enforcement agency of the 28-nation European Union based in The Hague, and Interpol, the 190-member International Criminal Police Organization, based in Lyon, France…

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