Three British smugglers arrested with 12 Vietnamese migrants in channel

By AFP   September 1, 2018 | 09:03 am GMT+7

Three British smugglers trying to reach Britain on a small boat with 12 Vietnamese migrants have been taken in for questioning.

They have been held off the French coastal town of Boulogne, local maritime authorities said in a statement on Friday.

The three British were detained on Thursday in an operation that saw the "dismantling of a network of smugglers and prevented the crossing to England of 12 Vietnamese migrants and three British smugglers," a statement said.

One of the smugglers was arrested separately after trying to escape by jumping into the water. A migrant who was in difficulty in the water was also picked up.

According to the maritime prefecture in Boulogne, 23 channel crossing attempts were made in 2016, 13 in 2017 and 7 in 2018.

 
 
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