The police seized falsified visas and fake passports in suspects’ houses.
Rabat – The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) in Morocco arrested eight people on suspicion of links with illegal immigration and human trafficking network, on Tuesday morning, December 24. The police also arrested an irregular migrant at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.
The arrest was carried out based on information provided by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) to the BCIJ.
After searching the suspects’ houses, police seized foreign residence cards, falsified visas, a batch of passports, electronic devices, mobile phones, stamps, and three cars, said the BCIJ in a statement.
The police took the suspects into custody for further investigation to identify any other persons involved in the case or links between the criminal network in Morocco and other networks abroad, the statement added.
Uncovering and dismantling human trafficking networks is part of Morocco’s security operations against organized crime.
In its annual crime statistics, the DGSN said police arrested 505 organizers of undocumented migration who were part of 62 human trafficking networks.
In 2019, the DGSN says it arrested 27,317 people attempting to migrate irregularly. The majority, 20,141, were non-Moroccan.