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13 Suspects Charged with People Trafficking in France

Voice of America
30 May 2020, 21:35 GMT+10

France has charged 13 suspects with people trafficking in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants last year, AFP reports citing a judicial source Saturday.

Six of the suspects, arrested by French police on Tuesday in the Paris region, were also charged with manslaughter after an alleged key smuggler was caught in Germany.

On Wednesday, Belgian and French police announced the arrests of 26 people in connection with the case.

British police had initially arrested four suspects, including the driver of the container truck, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April.

Investigators has announced that the migrant smuggling network which continues its operation even after the tragedy, was charging about $16,000 to $22,000 to transport migrants from France to Britain.

The bodies of the Vietnamese migrants, 31 men and 8 women, were found last October in a refrigerated truck in southeastern Britain, in a smuggling case that shocked the world.

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