Greece Busts Trafficking Ring Catering to Albanians Wanting to Settle in Britain

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Greek law enforcement said on Monday local authorities had dismantled an organised crime ring that was catering primarily to Albanians wanting to settle in Britain. Twenty 20 suspected traffickers were arrested as a result of the raid.

During the operation, conducted over two days last week with the help of Europol, police uncovered four manufacturing facilities in Athens that were used to forge documents.

Greek police said the arrested people were mostly Albanians, but Greeks of Albanian origin and three Syrians were also among the suspects. They are accused of forging documents, including social security and credit cards, as well as passports costing between 400-500 euros ($464-580).

The group advertised its services in Greece and throughout Europe by mail and online, and also arranged their customers’ travel to Britain.