Police Detain 78 Illegal Migrants in Two Lorries in Zilina

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Police detaining illegal migrants in Zilina (photo by TASR)

Zilina/Bratislava, November 14 (TASR) – Police have detained 78 illegal migrants in two lorries in Zilina, Police Corps spokesperson Denisa Baloghova told TASR on Tuesday.

“On November 14, 2017 at 00:30 a.m. the police officers stopped two lorries at the Namestie Hrdinov Square in [Zilina’s] borough of Budatin. They asked the drivers of Turkish nationality to open their trailers and at the same time they notified colleagues from the financial administration, as the lorries had been sealed. After opening the trailers, they found that besides goods there were 78 men, women and children of Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationalities present in the vehicles,” said Baloghova.

According to preliminary information, the foreigners were probably loaded in Romania and were travelling via Hungary and Slovakia to Germany. The price for this ‘one-way ticket’ was around €500.

The police officers forwarded the detained foreigners to the foreign police department in Bratislava. An investigator from the National Unit for Combating Illegal Migration has already launched a criminal prosecution for the crime of people smuggling, added Baloghova.