Court Sentences 3 For Smuggling From France To Britain

Court Sentences 3 For Smuggling From France To Britain

A French Court has sentenced three smugglers to prison for arranging unsanctioned trips across the Channel from France to Britain, according to  media reports on Tuesday.

The three men received sentences ranging from one to four years in prison on Friday.

According to the report, the men helped arrange trips for 530 migrants between June and August, earning 1.3 million euros (1.5 million dollars) for their smuggling rings in the process.

When they were detained, police discovered a notebook in their car containing 150 names with notes on payments and mobile phone videos of people thanking them for helping with the crossing.

Efforts to cross the Channel have come into focus after 27 people died during a smuggling operation in November, in which the boat capsized.

Five smugglers were arrested in the aftermath.

However, France and Britain have entered into discussions since then on how to stop illegal crossings, though are yet to come up with a solution. (dpa/NAN)

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