Police rescue 14 Pakistani migrants detained by compatriots
In this Friday, June 9, 2017 photo a Pakistani migrant wrings out a t-shirt near the Souda refugee camp by the beach, where hundreds of refugees and other migrants live in makeshift tents on Chios island, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017 5:49PM EDT
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Police in this city in northern Greece say they freed 14 Pakistani migrants held captive by 5 compatriots of theirs who demanded money for their release.
The 14, all men, had crossed into Greece over its land border with Turkey on Tuesday. They had paid 1,500 euros ($2,185) each for the trip but were nonetheless taken to an isolated house outside Thessaloniki and held, with their captors demanding another 450 euros ($782) from each to release them.
One of the captives managed to escape Friday and told police their captors threatened them, and occasionally beat them, with iron bars.
Police raided the house early Saturday and capture a 17- and a 34-year-old among the captors. The other three are still at large.