Migrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan disembark a train from Macedonia at the Belgrade train station on their way to the EU  in September 2015 | Photo: EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
Migrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan disembark a train from Macedonia at the Belgrade train station on their way to the EU in September 2015 | Photo: EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC

Italian authorities have found and identified about 20 Pakistani citizens crowded in an attic in Turin, in a suspected possible case of migrant trafficking.

Investigative police, together with their colleagues from local police stations and police dogs, found the migrantin an attic in Via Cecchi in the northern outskirts of Turin, northwestern Italy. They also searched another building nearby where other young people from Pakistan were living in a small apartment on the fourth floor. 


Investigation into migrant trafficking 

Authorities suspect that migrant trafficking is behind the group of migrants that was found in the attic. 

They said at the end of the operation about 30 people had been identified and photographed. Of these, they said 10 were legally in the country, five had already been expelled, and 15 had applied for asylum. 

Last week, in a basement in a building in Via Portula in Turin, 30 Pakistanis were found. Two children were taken to Regina Margherita Hospital with scabies lesions. 

An investigation is still underway, but according to sources, authorities suspect that some Pakistanis legally residing in Italy were subletting apartments to Pakistani migrants, and for hundreds of euros would organize trips to France and Germany.


 

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