European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

The bodies of 71 migrants were found in a refrigerated truck on the A4 Austrian highway in Nickelsdorf on August 28, 2015Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday. The taskforce, which has been in the planning stage for months, will begin working next month, federal police spokeswoman Cathy Maret told AFP. The announcement came as Europe was reeling from the discovery on Thursday of 71 decomposing bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria — in a grim reminder of the ruthlessness of human traffickers.

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