Spanish Police Busts a Criminal Network That was Smuggling Migrants on Jet Skis

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August 18th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –

  

Spanish authorities have arrested 5 people involved in smuggling of migrants on jet skis from Morocco, across the Strait of Gibraltar, to the final destinations in Spain, charging 5 thousand Euros per person.

According to the Spanish police, the smugglers were transporting two migrants on each jet ski. The transports were organised on a semi-daily basis. 

Two members of the gang were arrested in the European side of Spain, while the remaining three were arrested in Ceuta (the tiny “pocket region”, located in the north of the Kingdom of Morocco, but under Spanish sovereignty) 

It takes approximately 10 minutes only to reach the final destination in a distance of about 14 kilometers.

Landing on beaches in the Cadiz or Malaga regions in southern Andalusia, the migrants were then driven to Algeciras. There, they would be held until their relatives on Ceuta, the Spanish territory on Morocco’s northern coast, had paid their debt.

On Wednesday, Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and recovered a jet ski in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants.

Among them, there were at least 35 children and a baby.

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