MIGRANT smugglers are using Facebook to advertise their trade to desperate Syrians and Iraqis to Europe for thousands of pounds
Disguised as a fancy advert for tourist trips with pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Houses of Parliament, the Facebook pages offer a “safe” passage to thousands of families who are willing to risk their life savings on the hope that they will reach Europe.
Traffickers are now playing on migrants’ fears by offering expensive package deals that guarantee “100 per cent” safety after thousands have died crossing the Mediterranean this year.
One page, titled “Safe Journey from Turkey to Greece” claims its clients will board a 130ft yacht, called the Orient Bosphorus, in the Turkish port Izmir – for the extortionate cost of £2,500.
But migrants are told it is “forbidden” to bring any luggage or wear headscarves in order to disguise themselves as westerners.
They even suggest that their “customers” take laptops and digital cameras to help them look like tourists if they are questioned by authorities.
The site also offers a two-day ride to Austria on the back of a lorry for a staggering £5,500 per person.
Sites offering advice to migrants on how to get into Britain have become increasingly popular, attacking thousands of would-be immigrants.
One, titled Migrating to London, had a shocking 10,276 members.
The site warns members that the routes into the UK have become much more difficult.
It emerged earlier this month that migrant smugglers have doubled their prices for sneaking people into Britain because of the Calais crackdown.
Francois Guennoc, a humanitarian worker in Calais, explained how “getting into a lorry” now costs migrants between £570 and £640 – while just a few months ago it was £350.
He said that smugglers had hiked their prices “because there are so many more police and sniffer dogs” due to a surge in attempts to get across the Channel over the summer.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.express.co.uk