Greeks find 54 migrants jammed into van
THESSALONIKI, Greece — Police in northern Greece have rescued 54 migrants found squeezed into a van, and arrested two Bulgarians suspected to be members of a smuggling ring paid to carry them through the country.
A police statement says the van was stopped Wednesday on a road in the northeastern Rodopi province.
It said the 52 Syrians and two Somalis — including 13 children — were crammed into the 13-by-8-foot back of the van, which lacked ventilation and was locked from the outside.
Police said Thursday that each of the adults had paid $1,700 to be taken from Greece’s land border with Turkey, which they had crossed illegally, to the northern city of Thessaloniki.
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