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Migrant Crisis: 3 Arrests Made Following the Discovery of 71 Dead Bodies in Back of Truck

Police in Austria arrested three men in connection with the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies, believed to be migrants attempting to flee war-ravaged Syria for safety in Europe. Authorities believe that the group suffocated to death while be transported by human traffickers in the back of a box truck. The country’s interior minister called for a crackdown on traffickers, saying, “People smugglers are criminals and not well-minded helpers. They do not care about the well-being of the refugees, they care about profit.” Two of the men arrested were drivers of the truck that was left abandoned on the side of the highway. The other owned the truck. According to the International Organization for Migration, this year alone, 2,373 migrants have died at sea while attempting to get to Europe, many on dangerous boats overloaded by human traffickers.

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