Chinese gang charged £18000 for ticket to UK

Lawrence Kim
March 14, 2018

Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested 155 mostly Chinese nationals after busting a gang that trafficked Chinese migrants into Britain and Ireland for about $25 000 per person.

Officers say gang chiefs charged migrants a flat fee of €20,000 (£18,000) each for getting them to their final destination with fake passports. Most of those travelling were trying to reach the United Kingdom and a small percentage were heading to Ireland.

The charges against those arrested include falsifying documents and membership of a criminal gang.

Spanish authorities have said that the three-year investigation was launched after an official at Barcelona airport noticed a significant rise in fake identity papers used by Chinese nationals heading for Ireland and the UK.

The documents were forged in China, then sent to Spain via courier services.

'The money people covered the cost of all the passports they needed to reach their destination and other help they received from members of the organisation to cross borders. Once the papers arrived, low-priced air tickets to the United Kingdom or Ireland were then purchased, often just hours before the flight departed in order to avoid raising the suspicions of the police.

Detectives arrested 155 Chinese citizens in raids in Barcelona, Madrid and other cities across the country.

"The dismantled network was extremely hermetic, structured and hierarchical", they said.

Revealing facilitators who guided the migrants handed them key phrases in English which they learned to help them get through customs controls.

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