Spanish police have arrested four Moroccan nationals for running a human trafficking operation, transferring people from the Canary Islands to the Iberian Peninsula.
The group was charging between €1,000 and €2,000 and had been operating since March of 2021. They would find clients at a reception center on the Canary island of Tenerife. Interested parties would be furnished with the necessary documentation, including I.D., which the group would steal from someone who looked passably alike the would-be illegal migrant. In cases in which no such documents could be secured, the group would also engage in counterfeiting.
The human traffickers apparently offered lodging as squatters in local buildings prior to the trip to mainland Europe, and would accompany clients to the airport to ensure that all went smoothly and that they had boarded.