Open in full screen mode< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">An operation coordinated by Interpol led to the arrest of 257 people in connection with migrant smuggling on the American continent. In the photo, Roxham Road, Quebec, where many migrants arrived irregularly. (Archive photo)
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An operation to combat migrant smuggling on the American continent, coordinated by Interpol, led to the arrest of more than 250 people, the international organization for police cooperation based in Lyon announced on Monday.
Carried out between November 27 and December 1, Operation Turquesa V involved law enforcement from 33 countries, with support from Interpol's Migrant Smuggling Program, ;Europol, the International Office for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), according to a press release.
Two hundred and fifty-seven arrests were recorded following 850,000 checks, carried out at major transit points to disrupt the activities of criminal groups that manage migration routes to the United States and the Canada.
In total, 163 potential trafficking victims were rescued and nearly 12,000 irregular migrants, from 69 different countries, identified.
The first results of The operation also shows a marked increase in transcontinental flows, with numerous arrivals from China, the third country of origin of irregular migrants after Venezuela and Ecuador.
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The number of nationalities detected during Operation Turquesa V demonstrates how this important corridor migratory […] has become the target of organized criminal groups around the world, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said in the statement.