With all the crossings over the English channels recently, the British government authorities have been advised to put a stop to the possible trafficking behind the crossings.
Recently, there have been numerous accounts of migrants crossing, involving people who claim to be Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis, etc. Dover MP, Mr. Charlie Elphicke said that such crossings are very dangerous ones during this winter period and as such, the situation should be well handled by the UK National Crime Agency and Home Office. But it appears the reverse is the case, as the government is not explaining the actions that have been taken to stop the crossings which may lead to possible people trafficking.
Mr. Charlie Elphicke said the French and British government authorities should stop the traffickers behind these crossings before a tragedy occurs in the channel.
Home Office Responds
A spokeswoman from the Home Office, in response, said that the Border force officials had intercepted and rescued three men on a small boat who presented themselves as Iranians. They were taken to the UK authorities for interviewing.
The National Crime Agency and Home Office also reported, on Tuesday afternoon, that many boats containing migrants were also intercepted and rescued by Border force while trying to cross the channel overnight and that these incidents will be dealt with appropriately.
According to them, there may be a criminal gang activity behind these illegal migrations by boats through the English channels, as such the UK authorities are working in connection with the law enforcement agencies and French officials to capture these gangsters who are putting lives at risk.
Meanwhile, the authorities have been advised by the campaigners to help the migrants if they wish to claim asylum so that they would not risk their lives by going the busy shipping lanes.
According to the spokeswoman from Kent Refugee Action Network, Bridget Chapman, there has to be a way for these people to travel safely rather than being forced to embark o a hazardous journey which would risk them being exploited or falling I to the hands of human traffickers.
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