Illegal immigration and organized crime remain major challenges for authorities, as another smuggler was sentenced to prison this week.
The District Court of Eger sentenced a Moldovan man to four years imprisonment and expelled him from Hungary for eight years for human smuggling, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.
The man wanted a lucrative job as a driver and contacted several people on an internet site. First, he transported 26 people from the Serbian border to the Austrian border in a rented truck. Later, he set off for the Slovakian border with 16 people claiming to be Syrian nationals, but was detained by the police. The migrants were sitting on the floor in the airless and dark cargo hold.
One in ten detainees in Hungarian prisons is serving a sentence for human smuggling, Bence Rétvári, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, told M1 public service channel earlier this month. So far this year, more than 1,300 people have been arrested for human smuggling, compared to around 1,100 in 2015, making up as much as one tenth of Hungary’s prison population.
Rétvári said that the smugglers also tried to infiltrate the border hunters, “persuading some members of their own mafia organization to apply for border hunter training.” However, the National Protective Service filtered these people out and they were not allowed to start the training.
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