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Crime Spain: 34 arrests for waste trafficking to Africa

22:50  29 june  2020
22:50  29 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Spanish Civil Guard arrested 34 people in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. These people are involved in the illegal trafficking of waste electrical and electronic equipment destined for several African countries, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Sierra Leone and, above all, Nigeria. Between 2018 and 2019, 138 illegal transfers took place.

From our correspondent in Madrid, François Musseau

Engines, vehicle spare parts, various and varied household appliances, and above all a considerable quantity of electrical and electronic devices, in total, over two years, at least 2,500 tonnes of this type of waste were exported from the Spanish Canary Islands to several African countries, Nigeria in particular.

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Around thirty people are involved, including a 62-year-old Italian woman, whose residence in the Canaries was searched from top to bottom. The Civil Guard investigation concluded that what went through customs as a spare was in fact hazardous waste. Once they arrived in African countries, according to the Spanish investigators, they came into the hands of children who extracted aluminum and copper from them.

However, from the same police source, this waste is very dangerous, since it contains mercury, arsenic or phosphorus. In addition, their improper use releases gases contributing to global warming.

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