In Brief: Police and customs officers conduct human trafficking raids in Berlin

German police officers carried out human trafficking raids throughout Berlin on Wednesday. Michael Kulus, a spokesperson for Berlin's custom office, said the operation targeted companies suspected of illegally smuggling and exploiting workers for construction sites as well as work in other industries.

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Nearly 2,000 federal police officers and customs officials carried out raids on apartments and businesses throughout Berlin. The officers were searching for evidence of human trafficking.

Michael Kulus, a spokesperson for Berlin’s custom office, said the raids began at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and were carried out at around 100 locations.

Kulus said the operation targeted companies suspected of illegally smuggling and exploiting workers for construction sites as well as work in other industries. He said he hopes the raids will uncover any evidence which would support such suspicions.

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Berlin is looking to crackdown on litterbugs.

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The fines could vary among Berlin’s neighborhoods. The proposed increases now go to the district mayors for approval.

 

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