Human Trafficking

SEF detains three nationals for suspicions of trafficking in human beings and assisting unlawful immigration

The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has carried out, today, three arrest warrants for suspicion of the crimes of trafficking in human beings and assisting unlawful immigration, in the area of Santarém. In addition to the detentions, 40 search and seizure warrants have been executed.

In operation “Lezíria”, about 140 Hindustani workers have been identified, of which about 20 have already been flagged as victims of trafficking in human beings, to which every necessary support has been given. Most these citizens were subject to degrading labour, accommodation and healthiness conditions.

This SEF operation had the main purpose the dismantling of a trafficking in human beings’ network, and crimes thereto, with the introduction of foreign workers, some illegally staying, in farming in Ribatejo. During the searches several computing materials has been apprehended, several documentary evidence of the committing of the crimes identified and a huge money amount.

It is an investigation delegated within SEF by the Public Prosecution of Santarém and which has been held over one year.

The detainees will be brought before the competent court for the corresponding cautionary measures.

This operation has been carried out with the presence of elements from the Multidisciplinary Teams Specialised in Assisting Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, to ensure the proper treatment of the situations detected and had the support of several partners in logistics.

The operation had the participation of a total of 120 SEF operationals.