NEWS: 'Club Class' Traffickers jailed

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posted on May, 28 2004 @ 02:01 PM
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A Midlands based gang who charged immigrants up to 8000 pound each for a "club class" service into the United Kingdom have been jailed for up to 5 years today. This "club class" service, which cost double the normal price set by normal smugglers, included extras such as food and water.
 



bbc.co.uk
A joint British and French police operation, codenamed Gular, led to the arrest of most gang members in June 2003 after police stopped people carriers containing 14 immigrants near Canterbury.

The smuggling ring was first detected in 2001 when some of the gang were stopped at ports but not charged.

Detective Inspector Alan Edwards of the National Crime Squad said the gang's operation, which involved placing lookouts on the cliffs at Dover to monitor police activity, was "very slick".

The men stationed a lookout on the cliffs to watch for police activity
Kent Police believe the operation was part of a larger, Paris-based network.

Would-be migrants, mainly from Punjab, were reportedly selling homes and businesses to pay for the "door-to-door" trip to the UK.


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Well it is truly shocking that they can get away with this for so long and steal these peoples hopes and dreams, especially harassing for more money after the over priced work has been done.

As a result some of these people have had to get involved in drugs to pay off these ridiculous debts, and some may even go to jail when all they were doing were trying to pay off these people so they could start a better life for themselves.

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[Edited on 28-5-2004 by Zion Mainframe]




posted on May, 28 2004 @ 02:21 PM
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With all the watching going on now, how did they manage to get wawy with it for so long? Was someone being paid to turn their head?




Driver Lee Ludbrook, 43, of Moxley, got five years, while Paul Slater-Mason, 38, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 12 months.

Another member of the gang, Gurdip Dosanjh, 29, from Willenhall, was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to the same charrge at an earlier hearing.




Seems like a mighty light sentence. Drug users get more time than that



posted on May, 28 2004 @ 05:03 PM
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Driver Lee Ludbrook, 43, of Moxley, got five years, while Paul Slater-Mason, 38, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 12 months.

Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. I mean, the homeless guy needs a place to stay more than the other guy.


Smuggling is an old profession. At least these smuglees got decent treatment; it's not uncommon for Mexicans to die from heat and dehydration in the back of trucks, coming to the US. But I guess that's just one more example of how the Brits are ahead of us; first no death penalty, then this.

And the price seems a bit steep. Don't people swim across that channel these days?





posted on May, 28 2004 @ 05:12 PM
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Heres anouther case of Smuggling but around 20 immigrants died cockle picking at Morecambe Bay. I don't understand how they can work for so little money and putt up with the abuse these gangs need to be stoped and soon they teat human beings like crap abd get away with it and they get rich aswell

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posted on May, 28 2004 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by Gryffen
A Midlands based gang who charged immigrants up to 8000 pound each for a "club class" service into the United Kingdom have been jailed for up to 5 years today. This "club class" service, which cost double the normal price set by normal smugglers, included extras such as food and water.

How very kind of them
I'd expect champage and caviar for that price.


Originally posted by jsobecky
And the price seems a bit steep. Don't people swim across that channel these days?


Not any more - they just walk along the Channel Tunnel



posted on May, 28 2004 @ 09:57 PM
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What type of passageway is this?


The latest attempt comes a day after 44 asylum seekers managed to walk seven miles into the French end of the tunnel before being stopped.
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They had not made any attempt to get into the tunnel itself, said Eurotunnel spokesman Kevin Charles.


That's gotta be the longest entrance ramp in the world!





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