People trafficker is secretly filmed boasting he can smuggle migrants from Vietnam to Britain in seven days with £20,000 journey including CANOE crossing from France ‘because it is safer than a shipping container’

A people trafficker has been caught on camera boasting that he can smuggle migrants from Vietnam to Britain in as little as seven days.

The brazen criminal told an undercover reporter, who posed as a Brit looking to bring a nanny from Vietnam to the UK, that he charges desperate migrants at least £20,000 each for the journey.

He said the journey involved getting migrants into Europe by exploiting Hungarian work visas before sending them across the Channel on a ‘canoe’ because it is ‘safer’ than a container.

The human trafficker told the Sky News journalist that he got 53 people to the UK last year and bragged that on his last trip ‘there were 15 people and no one died.’

The shameless claims come five years after 39 Vietnamese migrants were suffocated in the back of a lorry travelling from Belgium to Essex in a disaster which sent shockwaves around the world.

The human trafficker told the Sky News journalist that he got 53 people to the UK last year and bragged that on his last trip ‘there were 15 people and no one died’

The people smuggler told the undercover reporter that the journey takes between seven and ten days

The people smuggler told the undercover reporter that the journey takes between seven and ten days

In 2019, 39 Vietnamese migrants were suffocated in the back of a lorry travelling from Belgium to Essex

In 2019, 39 Vietnamese migrants were suffocated in the back of a lorry travelling from Belgium to Essex

The brazen criminal Sky News spoke to brazenly claimed: ‘It used to be dangerous, but now it’s safe… We use canoes to cross the Channel, which isn’t far.’

He showed the reporter a picture of more than 20 Vietnamese men and women he claimed were camped out in a forest in the UK.

He told her that he had got them to the UK and explained the route they take, repeatedly dismissing concerns about safety.

The man explained how he exploits legal Hungarian work visas to get people to mainland Europe before getting them onto trains or into buses to cross the continent to France.

From there, he said, a ‘canoe’ gets them to the UK – pointing to what appeared to be a stock image of a speed boat rather than inflatable dinghies used by reckless smugglers.

Those looking to make the perilous trip are driven by hopes of a better life for themselves and their families back home, with whole villages relying on the income sent back by family members abroad.

The smuggler said a 'canoe' gets them to the UK - pointing to what appeared to be a stock image of a speed boat

The smuggler said a ‘canoe’ gets them to the UK – pointing to what appeared to be a stock image of a speed boat

Police officers drive away a lorry (C) in which 39 dead bodies were discovered in October, 2019

Police officers drive away a lorry (C) in which 39 dead bodies were discovered in October, 2019

One village in north central Vietnam has become known as Billionaire Village due to the lavish Italianate homes built with the support of migrant workers.

But many families rack up huge debt trying to get their relatives to the UK due to the exorbitant rates agents often charge for travel and documents.

The family of one migrant who tragically perished in the Essex lorry disaster revealed that they are still paying off the debt they accrued trying to get him to Britain.

The cousin of father-of-two Le Van Ha said that it cost his relatives one billion Vietnamese Dong (around £31,000) to get the 32-year-old to the UK.

Father-of-two Le Van Ha died in the 2019 Essex Lorry tragedy

Father-of-two Le Van Ha died in the 2019 Essex Lorry tragedy

‘My family still owes a lot of money,’ he told Sky. ‘When he passed away they had to start paying that back. They just wanted to help him to make his dream come true.’ 

Despite the Essex lorry tragedy shining a light on the horrific conditions and dangers faced by migrants, there has been a huge increase in Vietnamese people heading to Britain in the hope of a better life.

More than one thousand Vietnamese migrants crossed the Channel on boats in the first quarter of this year alone, government data shows.

The figure almost equals the number that made the crossing in 2023, and as a tenfold increase on the same period last year.

Migrants board a smuggler's boat in an attempt to cross the English Channel in April

Migrants board a smuggler’s boat in an attempt to cross the English Channel in April

It comes as it emerged today that 882 migrants – the highest number in a single day this year – crossed the Channel yesterday.

The Home Office said they made the journey in 15 boats, suggesting an average of 59 people per boat.

People smugglers took advantage of the sea’s calm conditions on Tuesday on one of the busiest days of the year so far for crossings.

RNLI lifeboats and Border Force Vessels were sent out at 4am to round up men, women and children as they arrived into the Port of Dover. 

The latest crossings take the provisional total for the number of arrivals so far this year to 12,313.

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