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Austria: New human smuggling attempts involve sealed trucks

  • Afghan men jump into the sea from a dock of Athens's main Piraeus port where hundreds of refugees and migrants live,  Monday, June 20, 2016. The UN refugee agency marking World Refugee Day Monday June 20, said that on 2015, the world had 65.3 million people who had been forcibly displaced from their homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Afghan men jump into the sea from a dock of Athens's main Piraeus port where hundreds of refugees and migrants live, Monday, June 20, 2016. The UN refugee agency marking World Refugee Day Monday June 20, said that on 2015, the world had 65.3 million people who had been forcibly displaced from their homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan children cool themselves with water at  the main Piraeus port in Athens, where hundreds of refugees and migrants live, Monday, June 20, 2016. The U.N. refugee agency says there were a record 65.3 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide last year. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Afghan children cool themselves with water at the main Piraeus port in Athens, where hundreds of refugees and migrants live, Monday, June 20, 2016. The U.N. refugee agency says there were a record 65.3 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide last year. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 21, 2016 file photo, a boy carries a dish through a flooded part of the migrant camp in Idomeni, Greece. The medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders announced Friday, June 17, 2016 that it will no longer seek European Union funding in protest against the EU's much-maligned migrant deal with Turkey. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

    FILE - In this May 21, 2016 file photo, a boy carries a dish through a flooded part of the migrant camp in Idomeni, Greece. The medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders announced Friday, June 17, 2016 that it will no longer seek European Union funding in protest against the EU's much-maligned migrant deal with Turkey. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)  (The Associated Press)

Austrian police are noting an increased number of human smuggling attempts in sealed trucks, with two cases involving a total of 10 people this week alone.

Police say they found five Iraqis including two infants near the border to Slovenia on Tuesday in a Turkish truck after the driver alerted them to noises from the vehicle. Four Pakistanis and an Afghan citizen were discovered in a Bosnian truck in the same region the day before, again after the driver heard noises.

Vehicles with lead seals coming from outside the EU are normally opened only when they reach their destinations. Police describe such smuggling attempts as an effort to circumvent the February closing of the West Balkans route used by hundreds of thousands of people seeking better lives in Europe.