TV investigation exposes illegal market in Bulgarian passports for migrants

A hidden-camera investigation by local television station bTV has exposed an illegal market in selling Bulgarian identity documents and passports to refugees in capital city Sofia.

The influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa has meant new business for “enterprising traders,” bTV reported on December 4 2013.

The trade was being conducted near the blood donation centre in the capital, according to the report.

The scheme, allegedly providing passports for men, women and children, involves forgery and false claims for lost documents. The report said that the scheme made it possible for illegal immigrants and people subject to travel bans to be able to cross Bulgaria’s borders.

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