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New European migrant trafficking links old crime networks

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A European law enforcement agency says organized crime networks -- with backgrounds in drugs, money laundering and other illicit trade -- have now joined in the lucrative business of smuggling migrants.


   An official with the Europol agency says fighting the smugglers has become a major preoccupation for European investigators.


   He says organized groups are linking with each other to bring the migrants from country to country.


   According to an Austrian official who heads that country's unit that fights human trafficking, the criminal groups advertise on social networks and web links, promising safe passage to Austria, Germany, Sweden and Norway.


   Officials say the criminal networks stretch as far as the migrants want to go.

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