Casablanca, (ADV) – Moroccan security services have busted a large international network operating in falsification of documents and illegal migration, the Moroccan Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Thursday.
A total of 16 people were arrested in this operation, which began at Morocco’s Mohammed V airport in Casablanca with the prevention from embarking of two candidates for illegal migration in possession of false documents while they were preparing to go on a flight heading to Europe.
This arrest then led to the nabbing of 14 other people suspected of the same network that targets its victims among young people dreaming of immigrating abroad.
During the operation, security services seized seals of several foreign and Moroccan embassies, passports, falsified tax stamps, documents of residences of foreign countries.
Equipments and devices used in falsification, cars, sums of money and mobile phones were also confiscated.
According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, in 2017, security forces saved some 50,000 sub-Saharan African migrants from putting their lives in danger to leaving the continent illegally, and dismantled over 70 organized international illegal migration networks.
Morocco plays a pivotal role in warning African candidates for illegal migration on the many dangers that awaits them all the way to European shores, and the country is working closely with African security services and partners.
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