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Police arrest nine involved in smuggling ring

Austrian police crack down on people smuggling in Burgenland

Police in Burgenland have arrested nine people in Austria thought to be involved in an international people-smuggling ring, it was announced on Wednesday.

The ring was based in Kosovo but is believed to be responsible for transporting people from Serbia and into Hungary and Austria.

Nine arrests have been made in connection to this case in Austria since December, police say, including that of forty-three-year-old step brother of one of the suspected gang leaders in Kosovo.

The step-brother is thought to be responsible for keeping people in an apartment in Lower Austria before moving them on to another country. It's believed the smuggling ring charge between 2,500 and 3,500 USD to move one person.

The Austrian police said they also helped police and authorities in Kosovo to identify suspects and arrest a further six people, including the head of operations who was based there. Two further arrests were also made in Budapest.

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