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Massive people smuggling racket smashed in dawn raids

A multi-million pound people smuggling empire regarded as one of the biggest in Europe was smashed by police today as officers swooped on its most senior figures in a series of dawn raids across London.
Five men, including former asylum seekers alleged to have been among the vast criminal network's highest ranking operators, were arrested in raids at 12 houses in the the capital and one in Boston, Lincolnshire.

It is believed the group, a massive pan-European organisation, could potentially be responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of people - mainly Turkish Kurds - into the country illegally in the last few years.