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Macedonian Police Arrest Alleged Human Smugglers in Border Village

Immigrants from Afghanistan, who are among many currently living in the Macedonian village of Lojane, 45 kilometers north of Skopje.
Immigrants from Afghanistan, who are among many currently living in the Macedonian village of Lojane, 45 kilometers north of Skopje.
By RFE/RL's Balkan Service
SKOPJE -- Macedonian police say they have broken up a human trafficking ring by arresting two Macedonian citizens in a village near the border with Serbia.

The two men, whose names were not released, have been charged with "trafficking immigrants, kidnapping, and robbery."

Police also found 59 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China -- including four children and a pregnant woman -- during their search for the suspects in the village of Lojane, about 45 kilometers north of Skopje.

In January, RFE/RL's Balkan Service documented how the predominantly ethnic-Albanian village of Lojane has become a stopover on illegal migration routes from Asia and North Africa to Western Europe.

Those reports included interviews in Lojane with illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Turkish Kurds, Chinese, and North Africans.

With reporting by AFP
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by: Jack from: US
April 27, 2012 17:43
human, drug, and weapons trafficking are the main preoccupations of Albanians (allies of US government)
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by: Darren from: Canada
April 28, 2012 01:17
It never occurred to you that they may be doing it for humanitarian reasons?
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by: wm from: Belgrade
May 03, 2012 22:39
The only thing that ever occured to Jack is Jack! His narrow, distorted view of the world is frightening to those working towards peace and unity in the Balkans.
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by: Sergio from: Argentina
May 11, 2012 01:44
Humanitarian reasons? Yeah because human traffickers that smuggle people for the highest bidder are doing it for humanitarian reasons. The smugglers that beat and rape the immigrants, keeping them locked up, threatening to kill them if they don't pay more to deliver them to their destination are doing it for humanitarian reasons.

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