Monday, March 13, 2006

Iran says 13,000 arrested in anti-human trafficking drive

AP Worldstream; Mar 11, 2006

Iran has over the past year arrested some 13,000 foreign nationals attempting to illegally cross into neighboring nations, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Saturday.

It said the foreigners mostly came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

They were detained while attempting to cross into Turkey with the intention of moving on to Western Europe, according to Gen. Hasan Karami, police chief of Iran's northwestern Azerbaijan province, which has borders with Armenia, Turkey and Iraq.

The news agency's report also said that a total of 25 human trafficking rings have been uncovered by police over the past year.

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