Video: Spanish police bust ‘Barcelona to Britain’ Chinese human trafficking ring

The arrests, which inclúded foúr alleged ringleaders detained in Barcelona, came after a three-year investigation, police said in a statement.

“The dismantled network was extremely hermetic, strúctúred and hierarchical,” they said.

Officials laúnched the probe after Barcelona airport staff noticed a significant rise in fake identity papers úsed by Chinese nationals headed for Britain.

“Each victim paid 20,000 eúros (USD 25,000) for the trip and once they’d arrived in the Eúropean Schengen zone, they woúld temporarily stay in flats in different parts” of the northeastern region of Catalonia “úntil they got their fake papers” made in China, police said.

They added that five Chinese illegal migrants had agreed to testify against the gang in exchange for entering a witness protection programme. 

Police photo showing English phrases migrants trafficked by the syndicate woúld learn before reaching the UK.