Six sent to jail over human trafficking in Turkey’s south

Six suspects found guilty of illegal human trafficking arrested after operation in Turkey’s Antalya province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Six suspects detained over an Antalya-based human trafficking operation, organised simultaneously in five other provinces, were arrested on Wednesday after being found guilty of illegal human trafficking.

Fifteen suspects were detained on June 19 in another police operation which came after a six-month surveillance period. The rest of the suspects were released on probation.

Organised by the Antalya Provincial Gendarmerie Command, the operation was carried out on both land and sea and seventeen different addresses were raided.

Meanwhile, 95 illegal immigrants were captured on Wednesday attempting to illegally travel to Bulgaria from Turkey’s border province of Edirne.

Edirne Provincial Gendarmerie teams found 95 Syrian immigrants just before they crossed the border.

The migrants were brought to the Foreigners Deportation Centre for further processing.

Illegal immigrants becomes a major problem in the border cities of Turkey. Everyday, hundreds of migrants attempt to illegally travel to neighbouring countries such as Greece, Bulgaria.

According to a UNHCR report, Turkey hosts the highest number of refugees in the world, with more than 2 million refugees and having spent  $ 5.6 billion to accommodate Syrian refugees.

About 259,000 of these refugees live in 23 camps set up and managed by the government.

TRTWorld and agencies