Syrian gangs profit from human pipelineNovember 6, 2013
The Mirror is reporting that Syrian refugees are paying high dollar to crime syndicates to gain entry to Europe. The British daily says that this phenomenon raises the specter that groups fighting in Syria such as Al Qaeda could use the same tactics to send jihadists into the EU.
Criminal gangs smuggling Syria refugees into Britain for £11,000 a time exposed
27 Oct 2013
The gang’s activities raise serious concerns that terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda could use similar tactics to sneak jihadists into Europe
A people-trafficking gang raking in millions of pounds by bringing hundreds of Syrian refugees into the UK is today exposed by the Sunday Mirror.
The gang in Istanbul, Turkey, told our undercover investigators that for £34,000 they would smuggle three men here from Syria using false passports and minders.
We had earlier met a Syrian woman who used her life savings to pay the gang to help her flee after being tortured in her home country.
The teacher, who we are calling Ishtar to protect her identity, is now living in southern England.
She told how traffickers got her from Turkey to Britain after handing her a false passport.
She was flown to Austrian capital Vienna, driven to Sweden, then caught a BA flight to the UK.
The gang’s activities raise serious concerns that terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda could use similar tactics to sneak jihadists into Europe.
We were alerted to the criminal organisation by an anonymous phone call to our London offices.
Our investigator was warned: “This trade is making millions for Turkish gangs.
“They have fixers around Europe and in the UK flying people across Europe. They have people working in airports who look the other way.
“They are taking Syrians to Italy, Holland and the Scandinavian countries, but Britain is the most expensive. On landing, the Syrian asks for asylum.
“They are often out of the airport within three hours because nobody is going to send them back to a country where people are being killed by chemical weapons.”
Ishtar told us how she escaped and why she turned to the traffickers.
She said: “Hundreds of Syrians pay gangs in Turkey to get them into Britain so they can apply for asylum.
“I used my life savings and my family’s gold to pay a gang €13,000 (£11,000) to help me start a new life in safety…