The Greek authorities dismantled a large illegal migrant trafficking ring from Greece to European countries.
As protothema.gr reveals, the crime organization has been operating since 2016.
Its members “hosted” illegal immigrants in apartments in the center of Athens and provided them with fake passports, or with passports they had stolen from tourists in Mykonos, Santorini and other popular destinations.
They even took care of their transportation to European Union countries through “Eleftherios Venizelos”. According to the Economic Police’s investigation, they operated with mafia-style practices and had its “tentacles” everywhere and in key positions.
A characteristic of the well-organized ring is that its members cooperated with a store that sold mobile phones and with a Western Union currency exchange in Athens.
These two shops transferred money to similar businesses operating abroad in order to safely traffic the “black” money from the sales of fake passports to immigrants and the fees they received to send them to EU countries.
Because all the transactions were done online it was very difficult for the authorities to trace them.
In fact, the members of the ring accompanied the illegal immigrants to the airport in such a way that they went unnoticed.
They kept their distance but were able to monitor their entry process at the departure gates of “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport.
And they were in possession of tickets that allowed them to enter the departure lounges to make sure that the immigrants got on the plane without any problem at the screening, regardless of whether these tickets were not used!