Masked police officers stand in front of a house in Essen, Germany, Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)
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Germany and French authorities raided two unconnected human smuggling operations, saying Wednesday that they were bringing refugees into Germany by plane and sneaking others across the English Channel by boat.German federal police said nearly 600 officers searched 24 homes in three states as part of an investigation into a smuggling ring accused of bringing primarily Lebanese and Syrian asylum seekers into Germany.Many of the asylum seekers never made it to Germany, however, as their fake documents were recognized by authorities along the way.In France, the Interior Ministry said authorities had on Monday and Tuesday detained eight people accused of involvement in smuggling migrants to Britain by rubber boat from the northern French city of Dunkirk.French authorities have dismantled 200 networks and detained more than 3,000 people so far this year in investigating human trafficking networks, Cazeneuve said.
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