VIDEO: Police arrest suspected people smugglers

Bosnian police said they arrested seven people, and their colleagues in France a further eight, in a coordinated operation against human-traffickers who forced young women and children from Bosnia to steal for them in France.

Dramatic footage taken by the State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, showed police raiding a house in the city of Zenica and arresting at least four suspects.

A police statement said on Tuesday that for years the suspects forced their victims to go pickpocketing for them in France while mistreating them physically and psychologically.

Police estimate the suspects made over 2 million euros (2.23 million US dollars), which they spent on real estate purchases and luxury cars.

During the arrests in several Bosnian cities, police found a group of potential teenage victims in one of the raided premises.