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Human Trafficking Rises Dramatically in EU

German police authorities are concerned that human trafficking in European Union states has reached epic proportions. A report in the Berlin daily paper, the Berliner Zeitung says that highly organized groups of traffickers are smuggling a daily average of one thousand illegal immigrants from eastern and southeastern Europe, Asia and Africa into EU member states. The information, which the paper received from intelligence service sources indicates that organized crime syndicates are making an annual turnover of €5 billion ($5.6 billion) in Europe alone. Germany is still one of the most popular destination countries, but fewer refugees are being smuggled in over external borders, which intelligence sources attribute to increased security in the future EU member states of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.