Interpol Operation Targets Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Emma Byrne

From March 28 to April 2, 2021, more than 195 arrests occurred as a result of Operation Weka, or “Stop” in Swahili.[1] Operation Weka was an effort to crackdown on human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Africa and Europe and helped rescue more than 500 human trafficking victims. The effort was cross-continental and involved police from 24 different countries as well as information from multiple international organizations and their intelligence sources.[2] As a result, there have been 195 arrests.[3] Crimes have varied from human trafficking and people smuggling to environmental crimes and fraud.

[1] 500 rescued and 195 arrested following INTERPOL human trafficking and migrant smuggling operation. Accessed May 19, 2021,

[2] Christine Murray, Dozens Arrested in Global Human Trafficking Raids Led by Interpol. Reuters., April 9, 2021.

[3] Id.I.