In an interview with the Lusa agency, SEF inspector Filipe Mimoso, said that there is no record, so far, of cases of the human trafficking of refugees who have arrived in Portugal.
“SEF has carried out, so far, 14 mobile control operations at the land border with 41 inspectors involved in collaboration with the GNR”, he said, specifying that, among the more than 900 foreign citizens identified, around 38% were of Ukrainian nationality and the majority were women, children and the elderly.
Filipe Mimoso added that the only cases reported by SEF are related to unaccompanied minors who arrive in Portugal with family members, such as uncles, grandparents or cousins.
“Human trafficking is a topic that is very dear to the Foreigners and Borders Service in which SEF inspectors have specialised training in this matter. All inspectors are able to analyse and make an analysis of each specific case and act in accordance with what is provided for by law,” he maintained.