BERLIN (AP) — More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices Wednesday in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.
In a separate but coordinated operation in eastern Germany, several locations were also searched on allegations that traffickers arranged sham marriages for foreigners trying to live in Germany without valid papers.
Police temporarily detained and questioned five German suspects in connection with the German-Danish raid, which targeted traffickers bringing people from various Asian countries to Germany, police said.
Police searched locations in the northern German cities of Hamburg and Bremerhaven, on the German island of Sylt and on the Danish island of Aeroe.
In the other raid in eastern Germany, more than 100 federal police searched 27 homes and offices of alleged traffickers who are accused of bringing people from Pakistan and India to Germany, also by arranging sham marriages for them.