The border police in the Netherlands arrested 124 smugglers last year, which is a 40% increase comparing with 89 cases of 2019, figures requested by the Telegraaf have shown these results.
The spokesman Robert van Kapel told Telegraaf that most of the traffickers were arrested on the border with Germany, and at the refugee center at Ter Apel, where some of them were caught dropping people off on the doorstep.
Ter Apel is becoming famous on social media. “No matter how small Ter Apel is, many people in Syria, Morocco, and Iraq know about this place, Bert Bruins, the border team leader said in a statement. He also mentioned that Ter Abel is an ultimate goal for many people, and their first place to start their asylum procedures.
The activity increased in the past months, Bruins said that they caught two to three traffickers every week. In February, the police announced that they’re going to use drones that have infra-red cameras to detect people who could be hiding within vehicles.
Bruins said that around Ter Apel and the border they stop unusual cars, for instance, a car from Münich with four men in it, or a hire car carrying three girls. Moreover, he told that they check their papers, and ask them for their reason being here, to know if they are smugglers and make an arrest.