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As The Jungle is finally demolished, we learn those living there were selling children, as young as nine, to be used as sex-slaves. What won’t people do to get into the UK?

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Last week saw the long-awaited destruction of an immigration camp known as “The Jungle.” The rat-infested camp was home to hundreds of illegal immigrants, all waiting to pay the fee of around £3,000 each to be smuggled into the UK, from their make-shift home in Calais, France. Until recently, the French government had been openly handing out leaflets explaining how to claim asylum in the UK, and how the UK benefits systems works – thus, encouraging the influx. Recently, after much pleading, an agreement was made with the UK that this active encouragement would to come to and end, and the camp would be destroyed. Of course, the real reason the French finally acted may be because the residents of Calais had also complained, saying the camp was the cause of rising crime rates in the area, and would devalue their properties.

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The filthy, squalid camp was stormed by hundreds of French police officers in an operation intended to halt the continuous procession of illegal immigrants entering the United Kingdom on a daily basis – often smuggled in by our own truck-drivers – and posing a threat to national security and social welfare. Bulldozers were brought in to flatten the entire compound, disabling the smuggling operation for good.

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However, the leader of the operation – who alone claims to have smuggled at least 2,000 immigrants into the UK – was later to tell an under-cover News of The World reporter he was still in the Calais area, and ready to smuggle more illegals across the border to the UK, for increasingly extortionate amounts. For £4,000, he claimed he could provide 1st class travel, in the cab of a lorry, with a driver who would “make you feel comfortable.”

The number of men arrested in the raid totalled nearly three hundred, most of whom were Afghans. Nearly all have since been released on the grounds of – yes, you’ve guessed it – Human Rights. What a surprise…

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Government officials have admitted they have no idea how many illegal immigrants may be resident in the UK, and no way of determining the true figure. Labour have been slow to even admit there is a problem with illegal immigration, but the recession and coming election have brought the issue to light. In truth, this situation should have been dealt with years ago.

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Those found living in The Jungle were mainly male, but there were also women and children. Toddlers as young as three had been discovered, and it’s recently come to the attention of French authorities that children as young as nine are being sold to truck-drivers, as sex slaves. It is claimed that while these truck-drivers are abusing the poor children in their cabs, illegal immigrants are sneaking into their lorries and making their way, across the channel, to the UK.

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Who exactly is selling these children – their parents? Why would they be doing so? I would suggest it’s to pay for their incredibly expensive transport to the UK. Or are these children being taken from their parents, against their will, by others – such as those running the smuggling racket? Whatever the horrific answer may be, the French need to ensure they deal with the situation quickly, and effectively. Moving the immigrants on to a location outside the town of Calais, or dividing the camp into smaller settlements simply isn’t going to work. Of course, the British government need to work with them, as has been made clear by the Mayor of Calais, who has openly criticised the inability of the British to defend their own borders.

If this camp had been closed years ago, when it first appeared, and the reasons immigrants headed this way had been addressed and resolved by the government, the UK would have tens of thousands less illegal immigrants to deal with, and these poor, innocent children would be safely in the hands of their parents, instead of in the clutches of twisted paedophiles.

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*UPDATE* – The vast majority of those arrested in Calais have been or are about to be flown back to Afghanistan, at the cost of the British and the French. They will also be handed a gift of £1,900 EACH to take with them, along with the promise of free training once home. Of course, there’s nothing to stop them returning to France again, if they’re that desperate and determined to reach the UK. And if selling their children as sex slaves doesn’t prove these people are desperate, then I don’t know what would…

In which case, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were simply paid once again, flown home once again (at our expense, once again), for the cycle to begin… once again. How long can we, in the grip of a recession, afford to continue this form of blackmail? Shouldn’t governments be capable of enforcing regulations by other means?

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