German federal police officials detained the suspected leader of a human-trafficking circle in the western part of Essen Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Indian national faces charges of running a commercially-sized, people-smuggling ring and fake papers.
The suspect allegedly provided counterfeit texts, which would assure residency in Germany for a fee of between €14,000 and €17,000 ($16,400 and $19,900).
State prosecuting attorneys, referring to Europe’s supposedly free-movement area for individuals, goods, services and capital, stated, “He is accused in numerous cases of providing Indian compatriots with falsified Greek visas to enable them to enter the Schengen Area.”
“Those smuggled presented the falsified documents at municipal German registry offices and thereby obtained residency in Germany and permission to work.”
The smuggler is also charged of getting untrue Romanian wedding certificates and negotiating “Romanian nationals as purported wives,” the authorities added.
If the males were officially wedded to Romanian — and consequently European Union — citizens, then they would be permitted to work and nationality authorizes in Germany.
Police also explored 23 apartment houses in 6 cities of Germany’s most thickly settled state, comprising Kleve and Duisburg beside the lower river Rhine, and Herne in the nearby Ruhr region.
More than 50 Indian nationals and Romanian women face investigation, according to a joint statement from North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany’s Bundespolizei, a federal police force with a particular focus on border control.
The prosecutors stated that six further Indian nationals were then detained and were kept in prison pending exile.
In a number of cases, the suspected persons had already made failed tries at getting asylum before getting into concealing within Germany, the prosecutors added.
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