In Turkey, 39 people have been detained by the police in the case of organizing the smuggling of migrants, five of them are foreigners. This was announced by Interior Minister Ali Yerlikay.
26 people were arrested, 13 were released – they will be subject to judicial control.
The operation, according to the minister, took place in the provinces of Antalya, Mugla, Izmir and Balikesir.
Raids to identify illegal migrants in the country began after the presidential elections. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs stated earlier that solving the problem of illegal migration in the country is one of the priority issues of the department.
At that time, daily raids against illegal migrants were carried out in Istanbul, Ali Yerlikay himself admitted this. He stated that similar raids are taking place in all provinces of the country. The media wrote that police officers detain 100 people a day in the Turkish capital alone.
Among those detained during the raids are citizens of Uzbekistan, the Uzbek service of Radio Liberty writes. According to her, in recent weeks, in the Uzbek segment of social networks, reports of Uzbeks who went to work in Turkey and then disappeared without a trace have become more frequent. Sharifa Murod, a journalist from Ferghana, reported that the relatives of Dilrabo Shokkulova, a 40-year-old resident of the Uchkuprik district, put her on the wanted list. According to relatives, Shokkulova, who left for work in the Turkish city of Konya on June 17 this year, has not been in touch with her family since July 27.
At the end of last week, the Consulate General of Uzbekistan in Istanbul also put on the wanted list a native of Jizzakh, Gulmira Ernazarova, who left for work in Turkey. According to the telegram channel “Uzbeks in Turkey”, since the beginning of August this is already the seventh citizen of Uzbekistan, wanted by relatives.