Officers carrying out a routine traffic check in southern France uncovered dozens of migrants in the back of a truck on Saturday, the public prosecutor’s office in Nice said.

Some 31 people, including three unaccompanied minors, were found in the truck during a vehicle spot-check at a toll booth near La Turbie, near the border with Italy.

Prosecutors said that all 31 people on board were Pakistani nationals. The driver of the truck, who is also from Pakistan, was arrested by French authorities.

The migrants were handed over to Italian authorities, the Nice-Matin newspaper reported.

Prosecutors will now try to determine whether a human smuggling ring is behind the operation. Should that prove not to be the case, the driver of the truck will be charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigration, news agency AFP reported.

Concerns after UK migrant truck deaths

The discovery comes just days after French authorities in the northern port city of Calais pulled over a refrigerated truck carrying eight migrants. All those inside the truck, including four children, were taken to the hospital after exhibiting signs of hypothermia.

Border control agencies have been on high alert following the deaths of 39 migrants in the UK on October 23.

The migrants, who were determined to be Vietnamese nationals, had also been transported in a refrigerated truck when the vehicle was found east of London. 

The alleged driver of the truck, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, has already been charged over the deaths. He faces 39 counts of manslaughter as well as human trafficking and immigration offenses.

Every evening, DW sends out a selection of the day’s news and features. Sign up here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Elon Musk singing SOVIET cosmonaut song in deepfake clip goes VIRAL after successful manned SpaceX launch

A Russian deepfake artist has superimposed the face of the tech entrepreneur on the footage from a live show by Soviet band “Zemlyane” (or “Earthlings”) back in 1983. In the clip, Musk ‘replaced’ the lead singer, who was performing a…

Turkey’s military helps turn the tide in Libyan civil war

Misrata, Libya – It has been more than a year since renegade general Khalifa Haftar launched his military campaign to capture the capital Tripoli. Now the commander is scrambling to maintain control of his eastern stronghold. The dramatic turn of…

Nazi photo album made from HUMAN SKIN of a death camp victim is discovered after collector noticed book cover had ‘a tattoo, human hair and bad smell’

A gruesome WWII photo album made from the skin of Nazi death camp victims has been found at a bric-a-brac antiques market in Poland. The battered WWII album was handed over to staff at the Auschwitz Memorial Museum after the…

Cherokee Nation to preserve heirloom seeds in “doomsday” vault

For more than a decade, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — also known as the “doomsday” vault — has collected and maintained the world’s largest collection of diverse crops. This week, the Cherokee Nation became the first tribe in the…