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Finnair steward convicted of people smuggling

A Finnair steward has been handed an 18 month conditional prison sentence for arranging illegal entry to the country. He will also have to pay the state 30,000 euros he received as proceeds of his crimes. He had helped 30 Chinese citizens bypass the Schengen area border controls at Helsinki airport between 2013 and 2016.

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Vantaa District Court has sentenced a Finnair flight attendant for human trafficking undertaken over a three year period between 2013 and 2016. The Chinese man was given an 18 month suspended prison sentence for helping some 30 Chinese citizens bypass Schengen area border controls at Helsinki airport.

He will also have to pay the state some 30,000 euros he received as proceeds of the crime of arranging the illegal immigration. There were 17 attempts to convey people through the controls, and 15 of those succeeded, meaning some 30 people were trafficked.

The two failed attempts did not work out because China prevented the people from leaving the country.

The man was employed via a subcontractor, and he was detained at Helsinki airport in February. He had admitted what he’d done, but said he had not been operating as part of an organised criminal gang.