Fake IDs: Enabling Modern Slave Labour in Germany?!

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If you are reading this, you might be looking into buying a fake id from a reputable vendor. There can be many reasons for you planned purchase, like purchasing alcohol as a minor. Today, we will take a closer look at how the enticing prospect of „legal“ work in Germany created criminal structures, serving those willing to leave their home country behind, to work under inhumane conditions as modern slave laborers.

handcuffed manMore and more migrants and non-EU citizens are obtaining forged documents in order to illegally enter Germany or to work there. Just like in France. “We think there is a real boom” says police chief Markus Pfau. He heads the crime prevention inspection of the Federal Police responsible for Central Germany.

In the first ten months of this year, 2435 false documents were found in the three Central German states of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt with which migrants wanted to apply for asylum. In the entire previous year, 1616 forged documents were taken out of circulation, compared to 976 in the previous year.

During the same period, officials found around 4200 forged identity documents (IDs) during checks – mainly Romanian, Greek and Italian ID cards. The documents are used to enjoy freedom of movement as an EU citizen – seemingly legally.

 

“We’ve probably never had so many forged documents on the market before,” says Pfau.

Compared to the previous year, the number of cases has more than doubled (2017: 1996). At the same time, he notes that his authority, like the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), is further intensifying its search for such forgeries, which will reveal more cases.

Due to the intensified search, his authority is also registering a significant increase in the number of unauthorized migrants. There are refugees who enter with forged passports or change the dates of birth on documents. False identities are used to trick authorities, collect social benefits or even plan illegal businesses.

How are forgeries identified?

Taking fake IDs out of circulation is often due to mere coincidence, Pfau explains.

During an inspection on the motorway, for example, the officers came across a VW van with five Moldovans who had forged Romanian passports. “Romanians are allowed to work legally in Germany, while Moldovans are not, as their country does not belong to the EU. His authority started the investigation and found a wasp nest: In a large-scale operation with around 900 officials in four federal states, a gang of Russians, Austrians and Germans with a connection to the Reich’s citizens’ scene was then picked up. The perpetrators had brought men from Moldova to Germany on a grand scale, provided them with forged passports and employed them at a security company.

“The men were deployed far below the minimum wage to guard, for example, asylum accommodations.”

Private Security in front of a Refugee Home

Because of the extremely low personnel costs, the security company, based in Lower Saxony and Hamburg, managed to secure contracts. According to the police council, the perpetrators drove expensive sports cars, while the Moldovans mostly lived in inhumane accommodations. In return, they had to forgo part of their scarce wages.

Another phenomenon is the mediation of marriages of convenience. The officials here are targeting Indians and Pakistanis who are paying up to 22,000 euros in order to be able to live and work indefinitely in Europe through fictitious marriages with Polish or Romanian women, for example.

You don‘t need Gangs!

Did you know that you don‘t need connections to the Mafia in order to order a quality fake passport or ID card? There are many Vendors Online (often on the darknet) offering their services to anyone willing to shell out the cash. Payment is often made via the Cryptocurrency Bitcoin or Money Transfer Services such as Western Union.