French police break Vietnam immigrant trafficking ring

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French police have broken an illegal immigrant trafficking ring in Europe that was smuggling Vietnamese migrants over to Britain, the French Ministry of Immigration said Friday.

Twelve suspected migrant traffickers were arrested in France, while six other members of the ring were caught in the Czech Republic, the ministry said.

The gang was suspected of having brought over around 100 illegal immigrants and the ringleaders were estimated to have made some 80,000 euros ($100,000) in the month of June 2009 alone, French authorities said.

The arrests come just a few months after European police agency Europol said that it had dismantled an Iraqi-run people smuggling ring that had transported hundreds of illegal immigrants from Belgium into Britain.

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