Eight alleged smugglers arrested in Serbia

Serbian police arrests eight people for alleged refugee smuggling

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A refugee holds a child as they wait on the Serbian side of the border with Hungary in Asotthalom, September 15.

Serbian police arrested eight people who allegedly smuggled refugees across the Hungarian border.  

According to police, the organization reportedly hosted and transformed seven refugees from Turkey and Syria for 5,250 euros ($5,910).

Human trafficking has soared in the Balkans as nations have closed down their borders recently to refugees hoping to reach the European Union after fleeing war and poverty at home.

Hungary last year built a razor-wire fence along its southern border with Serbia, but smugglers still guide refugees through the holes in the wire or over the fence.

TRTWorld, AP