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    Searches in Belgium and Romania on human trafficking

    Dozens of searches were carried out on Monday in Romania, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Switzerland as part of an investigation into an international criminal organisation suspected of human trafficking, reports Eurojust, the judicial cooperation unit of the European Union. Thirty people were arrested in Romania and three in the United Kingdom.

    A total of 71 searches were carried out in Romania and 20 in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The police also seized large sums of money, jewelry, weapons, drugs and electronic equipment.

    The criminal organisation is suspected of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, pimping and money-laundering.

    Last year, the Romanian police had asked for assistance from colleagues in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, said Eurojust. Two coordination meetings were organised between the various judicial authorities in order to prepare the intervention.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times