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17,000 Traffickers ‘using Facebook to smuggle 90% of migrants to EU’

THOUSANDS of social media accounts are being used to offer “package deals” to desperate migrants looking to enter the EU, a top migration watchdog has revealed.

Europol revealed up to 17,400 new migrant smugglers use Facebook to advertise “attractive and unrealistic offers” including fake passports, work permits, sham marriages and sea crossings.

A report from the crime-fighting agency’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) also uncovered that a shocking nine out of ten migrants reaching Europe have used paid gangs.

While just 148 Facebook accounts attempting to recruit migrants were detected in 2015, this year’s investigation has uncovered a jaw-dropping 1,150 users in 2016.


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