A Polish deputy interior minister has said that people smugglers have started looking for new routes into the European Union owing to Poland successfully blocking a route from Belarus.
Irena Dawid-Olczyk, the founder and president of La Strada Poland, an organisation fighting against human trafficking, has been named a TIP Report Hero by the US Department of State in its annual report on trafficking in persons.
Five members of a Polish gang involved in human trafficking and pimping were sentenced on Friday by a London court in a major case widely reported in media.
The European Commission (EC) has suggested blacklisting transport operators that facilitate migrant smuggling or human trafficking into the EU, most recently through Belarus to Poland and other countries.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed solidarity with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Monday over an escalating migration crisis on their borders with Belarus.