European Migration Network


New Europol task force to tackle human trafficking

The European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), which is run by Europol, set up a new task force in charge off tackling human trafficking by focusing of cooperation and information-sharing between all EU member states

Europol said that the aim of the new task force is to remain on top of smugglers' ever-changing methods by identifying their syndicates, executing cross-border operations and boosting financial investigations into money laundering involved in human trafficking in addition to analyzing how smugglers use social media to widen their reach. Robert Crepinko, head of the EMSC, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that trafficking networks were coming up with increasingly innovative ways to smuggle people into the EU. According to Europol, four out of five land journeys in the Balkans in 2018 were conducted under dangerous circumstances. And a recent report by the UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) says that one out of every 45 migrants embarking on sea journeys across the Mediterranean perishes.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Europol established the EMSC in 2016 at the height of the so-called refugee crisis, as over a million people fleeing war and destitution reached Europe in less than a year. The EMSC has conducted more than 5,200 investigations into human trafficking to Europe in 2018 alone

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