Twenty-four people have been convicted or jailed so far this year for facilitating illegal immigration, a Home Office minister has revealed.
Immigration minister Chris Philp made the announcement in response to an urgent question about small boat crossings over the English Channel, though it was not clear if all the convictions were related to these crossings from France to the UK.
Philp told MPs in the House of Commons: “The majority of these crossings are facilitated by ruthless criminal gangs who make money from exploiting migrants who are desperate to come here.
“We’re working with the National Crime Agency to go after those who profit from such misery. Already this year 24 people have been convicted and jailed for facilitating illegal immigration.”