Crackdowns on irregular migration networks continue across Morocco.
The suspects are aged between 33 and 39, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said on Sunday, September 8.
DGSN added that the operation allowed the arrest of five of the suspects in two different houses in the city of Tan-Tan. The suspects were accompanied by four Moroccan candidates for irregular migration. Police arrested the sixth suspect in a taxi in Laayoune, southern Morocco.
Police put the suspects in custody for further investigation, to identify and arrest other possible accomplices.
The operation is in line with Morocco’s strategy to curb irregular migration networks. On Saturday, September 7, police in Oujda, eastern Morocco, arrested a Guinean national for forcible confinement, organizing irregular migration, and human trafficking.
Police received a call from a Sudanese citizen claiming that his brother was kidnapped by a person who is active in irregular migration, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security said.
In August, Morocco’s government announced that security services aborted 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019.
The spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, said on August 29 that Morocco also dismantled 100 irregular migration networks.
The official also spoke about the importance of a shared responsibility to curb the common concerns over the issue of irregular migration