Bosnian and French police arrest human-traffickers who forced victims to pickpocket in France

Bosnian police say they arrested seven people and their colleagues in France a further eight in a coordinated operation against human-traffickers who forced young women and children from Bosnia to steal for them in France.

A police statement said Tuesday that for years the suspects forced their victims to go pickpocketing for them in France while mistreating them physically and psychologically. Police estimate the suspects made over 2 million euros, which they spent on real estate purchases and luxury cars.

During the arrests in several Bosnian cities, police found a group of potential teenage victims in one of the raided premises.

The arrested group is suspected of laundering money, forging documents, human trafficking and misuse of drugs.

A Bosnian-French police team worked on the case for months.