Turkish police stopped two minibuses in the southern city of Adana after they were notified that a group of refugees who illegally crossed into Turkey from the eastern province of Van planned to go to Istanbul via Adana, local media reported on June 4.
Thirty-one Afghan, 18 Pakistani and two Iranian citizens, who paid the human smugglers up to $5,000 each, were detained in the police operation after they showed fake permits, according to the reports.
“The two Iranians sobbed as they were detained. The young woman said her hand could be cut by Iranian authorities as she has dyed hair and the young man claimed he could be executed for having tattoos on his body,” the report said.
The migrants were transported to the local headquarters of the Provincial Migration Administration in Adana before being deported to their countries.