British undercover police catch Albanian people traffickers in Belgium

Bruges magistrates have sentenced two 25-year-old Albanian people traffickers to eighteen months in jail and a fine of 40,000 euros. The traffickers were brought to justice thanks to an undercover operation conducted by British police officers.

Last August the people traffickers hid six Albanians in a refrigerator lorry in the vicinity of the Brussels Ostend motorway. The Albanians hoped to reach the UK, but where unaware that the driver of the lorry was an undercover British police officer and was working for the British National Crime Agency. The police officer had infiltrated the Albanian gang in Belgium.

The gang hoped to traffic 20 undocumented Albanians each and every month making 2,000 pounds sterling per head, but the operation folded at the first attempt.

At the end of October UK magistrates convicted three key gangsters. The two Albanians sentenced in Belgium were found guilty of trafficking five migrants and sentenced to eighteen months in jail.