News/Belgium: Belgian police arrest 4 for smuggling Chinese women

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Subject: News/Belgium: Belgian police arrest 4 for smuggling Chinese women
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 17 1999 - 21:06:52 EST


          Belgian police arrest 4 for smuggling Chinese women
x BRUSSELS, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Belgian police have arrested four men for
smuggling Chinese teenaged girls to Britain through Russia, Hungary,
Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium, a Brussels court official said on
Thursday.
     "Four Chinese men have been arrested," said a spokesman for the
Brussels Public Prosecutors Office.
     He said police arrested the four after a Chinese girl tried to board a
Eurostar train to London from Brussels using false documents.
     Three of the men arrested are British citizens of Chinese descent who
live in London. The fourth man lives in Groningen in the Netherlands, the
spokesman said.
     Belgian police smashed a Kosovo refugee smuggling ring in August. The
spokesman said the latest arrests marked the first time Belgian officials
had uncovered smuggling from China.


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