Tunisia: Human Trafficking Network Dismantled

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All those arrested were referred to the Sfax prosecutor’s office, which ordered the issuance of eight detention warrants for “human trafficking and money laundering,” said the statement.

On Tuesday, the Tunisian National Guard said that Tunisia dismantled a human trafficking network of eight Tunisians, including five women and a migrant smuggler, in a joint operation.

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This network is involved in human trafficking and financing illegal border crossings by sub-Saharan Africans, the Tunisian National Guard said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Members of this network provided irregular migrants with approximately 230,000 dinars (about 74,080 U.S. dollars) financing through postal money orders, helping them to secure illegal residence in Sfax’s El Amra and Jebeniana, said the statement.

Some 65,000 dinars (about 20,937 dollars) cash, a luxury vehicle and a collection of contracts for assets acquired for money laundering purposes, were seized during the operation, it said.

#Tunisia: A human trafficking network of eight Tunisians, including five women & a migrant smuggler, has been uncovered following a joint operation by the intelligence units of the National Guard in #Jebeniana, #Sfax & the central intelligence services. https://t.co/CrapsBKqlG pic.twitter.com/YssPax09AW

— TAP news agency (@TapNewsAgency) June 3, 2024

All those arrested were referred to the Sfax prosecutor’s office, which ordered the issuance of eight detention warrants for “human trafficking and money laundering,” said the statement.

Located at the northern tip of Africa, Tunisia is one of the most popular transit points for illegal immigration to Europe.

Although Tunisian authorities have adopted rigorous measures to tackle the problem, the number of illegal immigrants trying to reach Italy via Tunisian coasts has been on the rise.

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