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Month-long crackdown launched on criminal networks exploiting immigration system

UKBA to target organised crime groups to put the ringleaders before courts

7th September 2010: The UK Border Agency is targeting in September organised crime groups and bring to book ringleaders for shutting off the supply of illegal immigrants at its source.

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Minister for Immigration Damian Green has asserted: ‘This month, the UK Border Agency is carrying out an intense period of activity to go after organised crime groups to put the ringleaders before the courts and shut off the supply of illegal immigrants at its source.’

He adds: ‘Illegal immigration is big business. At home and abroad, we are tackling highly organised crime groups who make their living by trying to exploit the immigration system and breach our border security.

‘Some of these hide people in lorries in an attempt to cross our borders illegally; some provide them with fake identity documents; others set up bogus colleges or arrange sham marriages. Worst of all – some force women and children to work against their will in the sex industry’.

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