Trucks stand in a queue as traffic begins to normalize at the border crossing Batrovci from Serbia to Croatia, in Batrovci, Serbia, 26 September 2015 | Photo: EPA/DAVOR ERCEG
Trucks stand in a queue as traffic begins to normalize at the border crossing Batrovci from Serbia to Croatia, in Batrovci, Serbia, 26 September 2015 | Photo: EPA/DAVOR ERCEG

Serbian authorities reported that 600 migrants have been apprehended since the start of the year as they were attempting to illegally cross the border hidden in trucks. Meanwhile, migrants are continuing to arrive along the new Balkan route while three charred bodies were discovered in Bihac, Bosnia.

Nearly 600 migrants were discovered in Serbia since the beginning of this year as they were attempting to illegally reach EU countries hidden in trucks, according to Serbian authorities. They were apprehended at the border with Croatia and Hungary, customs officials said. Customs authorities in Belgrade added that in the month of May alone over 40 migrants were found hiding in refrigerated trucks transporting fruit, vegetables and other foods. The majority were Afghan and Pakistani nationals. Customs and police officials have been provided with sophisticated equipment to detect the presence of people hidden in lorries, authorities said. 


Seven suspected traffickers arrested 

Serbian police last week arrested seven suspected members of a human trafficking organization, the interior ministry said. The seven suspects, all Serbian nationals, were allegedly paid to help a large number of migrants illegally cross the border between Serbia and Croatia aboard trucks traveling to Slovenia and Italy. The suspected traffickers were paid up to 3,800 euros per migrant. Police reportedly found 22,000 euros and the equivalent of 4,000 euros in Serbian currency when searching the suspects' homes, along with several cell phones, forged documents, weapons and six cars.
 

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