More than 1,500 human traffickers arrested this year

Online desk |  1 week ago | international

More than 1,500 people suspected of being involved in human trafficking have been arrested by French authorities since 1 January, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin revealed at his briefing earlier.

The responsibility for the deaths of migrants in the Channel lay primarily with those people smugglers, he emphasised.

But he said 7,800 lives had been saved in that same time period.

Darmanin said: "Today alone, there were 780 policemen and gendarmes working on northern France’s shores. 255 migrants made it to the UK but we prevented 671 people from crossing the Channel in one day."