Jan Jambon, the Home Secretary, witnessed the first police measures targeting human trafficking on Tuesday. The operation took place on the E40 near Thimister-Clermont.
The Home Secretary had requested additional support in the fight against human trafficking in the Liege and Limburg regions. A first intervention involving approximately 20 police officers took place at the Haut-Vent car park on the E40 in Thimister-Clermont, on Tuesday.
There are 2 ways to manage this type of operation: randomly forcing approximately 15 vehicles to exit the motorway for a police check, or specifically checking certain vehicles such as lorries and vans. This type of operation will take place regularly in the East of the country. “We have proof that traffickers follow this route,” explains Michael Jonniaux, who heads the federal highway patrol.
“These operations aim to fight human trafficking and to improve registration of potential refugees,” he adds, explaining that the foreign office staff will regularly be present during these police checks.