Trafficking gangs put migrants into hotels and build shoddy "DIY boats" to fuel deadly crossings

Trafficking gangs put migrants into hotels and build shoddy “DIY boats” to fuel deadly crossings

The smuggling gangs behind the deadly channel crossings deploy increasingly sophisticated techniques including installation immigrants In hotels and delivered directly to the boarding beaches.

rescue workers said I The crime networks, which average £50,000 per successful crossing, use larger inflatable boats with more powerful engines to increase the number of passengers making the perilous journey between the French and British coasts.

At the same time, an increasing number of smaller boats appear to be poorly manufactured “DIY boats” which are more prone to punctures and structural failure.

pictures of rescue operation in the English Channel In the early hours of Wednesday morning, it appeared to show a vehicle that virtually collapsed in the middle, hurling passengers into icy seas and leaving those who stayed knee-deep in the freezing water.

French and British law enforcement have long played a cat-and-mouse game with smuggling gangs, who have proven quite adept at it. Change their tactics to evade the police and maximize profits Made by charging emigrants an average of £1,250 to get to the British coast.

Earlier this year, smugglers began moving away from the tactic of launching inflatables directly from beaches after an increase in successful tackles by French patrols. Instead, gangs now use “taxi boats” that arrive off the coasts of Calais and Dunkirk, forcing migrants out onto barges, leaving them wet and at risk of hypothermia even before the crossings begin.

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It was also found that one of the smuggling groups operates by transporting migrants to Calais by train and transferring them to two hotels run by a member of the gang. A French court heard last month that two Algerian brothers – Taoufik Samahi, 29, and Mehdi Samahi, 25 – worked with another man from their hometown, a Syrian human smuggler, to organize trips for migrants to Calais from elsewhere. In France then run a taxi service to nearby beaches.

Taoufik, manager of two hotels in northern Calais, told the court in Boulogne-sur-Mer: “There are migrants in all the Calais hotels. About 95 percent of our clients are immigrants. I occasionally took them to the beaches late in the evening. What they did next was not my problem.”

The brothers were sentenced to 36 months and two years in prison, respectively, after French police found thousands of euros in their bank accounts suspected of being linked to people smuggling.

The case follows similar reports of migrants seeking to reach Britain being herded to meeting points around Calais from as far away as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, along with hundreds of others camped out in often squalid conditions in and around the French port.

Calais authorities opened temporary winter shelters this week for about 700 people as temperatures dropped below freezing.

Another innovation by the smuggling gangs, said French sources, was the acquisition of increasingly powerful outboard motors used in boats as they crossed, usually under cover of darkness, towards the stretch of the Kent coast from Dover to Dungeness.

One French rescue worker said: “These more powerful engines mean the boats can get away with it [from any attempt to intercept them] They are likely to reach British waters. You have to remember that every failed journey is a cost to the smugglers – they want to see as many crossings as possible succeed.”

At the same time, traffickers appear to be seeking to thwart attempts to cut off supplies of boats — often bought from Chinese e-commerce sites and delivered to addresses in Germany and the Netherlands — by providing their own Jerry-built vessels. Not fit for purpose.

Stephen Martin, director of Channel Rescue, a UK-based volunteer organization that monitors conditions at night before crossing the Channel in small boats, said the larger size of these boats indicated that gangs were trying to increase the number of migrants per crossing.

He said, “It’s not unusual now to see 60 people on a ship… The canoes we see now, they’re not commercially available, someone is building them for that purpose.”

“We are concerned about whether or not these vessels are actually suitable for this purpose. We are seeing very poorly constructed boats with planks strapped to the aft planks – homemade.”

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