Rights groups in Romania savaged a court verdict on Monday, acquitting 25 men of charges of trafficking scores of Roma children. The ruling, which is final and cannot be appealed, has reignited controversy about the decade-long case, which was widely seen as a test of Romania's commitment to fighting trafficking and modern slavery.
In our minds, smuggling is mainly related to the illicit transfer of drugs or alcohol. In recent years, however, there has been a boom in another business - the illegal puppies trade.
The illegal puppies trade brings huge profits. In Europe, dogs can only be exported after they are 15 weeks old and have all the required vaccinations. However, this does not stop greedy breeders.