The U.K. is a nation state, has laws, borders, has a process and it is simply not fair that countries like France and the rest of the EU are not playing ball. This also means the U.K. needs to put its Navy right there forcing France to take action, being soft is not working.
The EU is a human trafficking operation, they are aware of how Albanian gangs smuggle Eastern European girls via the Netherlands into the U.K.. What was the reaction from the European Commission to the Netherlands complaint? In so many words – “not our problem.”
Back in November 2018 Sky News did a piece titled ‘Sophisticated’ Albanian gangs linked to people trafficking surge in UK where they talk about some of the horrific stories of human trafficking. It also notes that statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show a “35% increase in the number of people trafficked into the UK – the majority from Albania“, some cases include pregnant women are beaten, locked up and raped by multiple men.
The question is not whether or not they are right in trying to find a new life, as anyone here would do the same, one can sympathise with their desperation and plight – life is tough. The article below from the Times paper now indicates that organised crime is big business and will continue to grow whilst our borders remain open, our waters continue to be insecure and the EU are not doing enough to crack down on human trafficking.
The victim count piles up, smugglers continue to enrich themselves whilst these victims end up working as escorts just to make a living – in the end it is you the British taxpayer that will foot the bill.
The end of the article nicely sums up the anger that is building and why the British voter is at fault for being too gullible in thinking that the Tories are better than Corbyn’s Labour – Rachid, a 25 year old from Afghanistan, has made 20 attempts and has been caught at the border each time. He states that he has one brother in Birmingham and another one in Glasgow and both of them came through Calais. This confirms that the tough talk is hot air and the policy decisions made by the Tories in the last 10 years have been poor.
Protect our borders, enforce the laws or just rejoin the EU and save us a headache.
Dozens of riot police arrived at dawn to clear migrants out of the disused warehouses by a railway line in Calais that have been their home for months.
Twenty were arrested and a further 126 bussed to shelters across the region in an operation designed to allow property developers to build 50 or so homes on the site.
Hours after their eviction under the gaze of local media, the migrants began returning to the silent and deserted 60,000 sq m of abandoned property.
A Yemeni said he had started walking back to Calais as soon as his coach stopped outside the centre where officials had been planning to give him board and lodging. The journey had taken three hours “and my feet are hurting”, he said. “But I had to come back because I want to go to England.”
Such determination illustrates the difficulties facing the French in their attempts to stop migrants crossing the Channel hidden in lorries or crammed into small and often unstable boats.
The French interior ministry office in the Calais area said that police and coastguards had intercepted 50 such boats this year and detected a further ten hidden along the shoreline by people-smuggling gangs. The office said that only 27 boats had reached British waters since January 1.
Last year 649 boats reached Britain, 575 were intercepted in French waters and 213 were found on the coastline.
The concern among French officials is that the downturn will prove short-lived, with the figures rising again as the weather improves. On Sunday a week ago, when the Channel was particularly calm, officials counted eight attempted crossings. Four boats made it to British waters. The other four were towed back to France after their engines failed.
A ninth crossing was thwarted with the arrest near Calais of a 46-year-old Syrian people smuggler who told police he had been paid €500 to bring an inflatable dinghy, a motor and five life jackets from Germany, where he lived.
The man told Boulogne-sur-Mer criminal court, which gave him an 18-month suspended sentence, that it was the third time he had undertaken such a mission. This was corroborated by his mobile phone data, police said.
The case underlined the sophistication of the networks that control the crossings by lorry and boat. A French immigration officer said that gang leaders left little to chance, paying underlings such as the Syrian to liaise with migrants on the ground, and run the risk of arrest, while they took in profits that could run to millions of euros.
Sometimes the gangs recruit from among the migrants themselves. Siyan, 17, fled Afghanistan when the Taliban sought to enrol him two years ago, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy before getting to France. The journey has already cost €8,000, which his family will pay if and when he gets to Britain, and Siyan said that there was no more money to get him across the Channel. “So I signed a contract to help [the traffickers]. If you carry the boats for them a few times and that sort of thing, they give you a place for free.”
He was offered place in a boat two months ago but it broke down shortly after leaving France. “We called the [French] rescue number and they came to get us but we were in the water for four hours.”
Despite the risks — ten people are known to have drowned trying to cross the Channel over the past two years and three are missing, presumed dead — Siyan, who has been in Calais for five months, said that he was ready to try again. “I know it’s dangerous but I can’t stay here,” he said, pointing at the barren land by Calais’s hospital, which is his latest home. “Police come to take our tents and clothes three or four times a week. Life is very hard here. I am young but I feel old because of the life I have in France. That is why I must try to join my cousins in Britain.”
Rachid, a 25-year-old who left his home town of Tagab in Afghanistan in 2019 after the market in which he owned a stall burnt down, had a similar tale. Twice, he has left France in crowded boats after agreeing to pay smuggling gangs €3,500 if he got to Britain. Twice, they have sunk under the weight of the people in them.
“The last time, I was in the water for a long time and I almost died,” he said. “Luckily one of the people with me knew how to swim well and pulled me to the shore.”
He switched to lorries. But after making 20 attempts and being caught at the border each time, he is ready to try on a boat again, he said. “I have one brother in Birmingham and one in Glasgow. They came through Calais like me and went to Britain and they say it is a good place. They say the police are good, the people are good. It is not like France.”