By Constantinos Psillides
Police arrested nine undocumented immigrants near Dali on Saturday evening, in a coordinated attempt to bust a human trafficking ring, according to police.
Four other individuals, suspected to be part of the trafficking ring, were also arrested.
As well as the nine adults, police discovered four children and a pregnant woman who were placed under the supervision of welfare services.
According to the police report, officers set up the sting near the ceasefire line near the village, after receiving information on the activities of a human trafficking ring.
At around 5pm they located a vehicle crossing from the occupied areas.
Police stopped the vehicle and arrested its driver, a 28-year old Greek Cypriot, along with five undocumented immigrants.
Upon interrogation, the 28-year told the officers about his intended destination, a deserted area near a village in Nicosia. The police rushed to the location where they found three other persons, believed to be part of the trafficking ring, waiting in two cars for the 28-year old to arrive.
All three were placed in custody.
Officers continued the search and headed to a house in Lymbia village in the Nicosia district. Inside the house, the police discovered five undocumented immigrants and four children, among them a 22-year-old woman who was in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
The nine undocumented immigrants and the four human trafficking suspects were arrested.
The children and the pregnant woman were delivered to the Welfare Services.
The majority of the undocumented immigrants taken into custody were Syrian.
The Nicosia District Court remanded seven of the immigrants and the four traffickers for five days in custody. Two of the immigrants were remanded for two days as the court decided that keeping them in custody for more than two days won’t facilitate the investigation.