Smugglers Made at Least $5 Billion Last Year in Europe Migrant Crisis

Smugglers made $5 billion to $6 billion in 2015 spiriting roughly one million migrants into the European Union, two multinational law enforcement agencies said Tuesday in a joint report that quantified the profitability of such trafficking.

The report also said that more than 90 percent of the migrants reaching the European Union were helped at some point in their journeys by criminal smuggling networks, and that most of the fees demanded by the smugglers were paid in cash.