EU border agency officers to fight human trafficking
Cheering Romanians cast shadows on a giant European Union flag during new year celebrations for Romania's accesion in the EU in Bucharest Romania Monday Jan. 1, 2007. (AP / Vadim Ghirda)
Published Tuesday, June 5, 2012 7:05AM EDT
WARSAW, Poland - The European Union's external borders agency says it is deploying dozens of officers to Poland's eastern border and various European airports to fight human trafficking and other forms of smuggling during the European football championship.
Gil Arias Fernandez, deputy director of Frontex, says the Warsaw-based agency expects about 1 million people to enter Poland and Ukraine during the tournament running Friday through July 1, a huge increase compared to normal times.
Arias Fernandez said Tuesday that criminals in the past have tried to use increased border traffic during big sporting events to smuggle in prostitutes or cigarettes and other contraband.
He said that no such cases have been detected yet ahead of Euro 2012, but that the agency has already launched operation "Euro Cup" to fight such crimes.