Criminal gangs are smuggling immigrants out of the UK


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Criminal gangs are smuggling illegal immigrants out of the UK as well as in, a report due to be broadcast this evening will allege.

Undercover reporters working for the BBC's Panorama filmed alleged members of what they said is one of a network of three secret smuggling gangs offering to take people out of Britain to Calais for £1,500-a-head.

Claiming to be a Moldovan illegal immigrant named "Chris", the journalist Paul Kenyon recorded a meeting with a man he accused of being a fixer for the group, a former Indian police officer called "Munga", who explained that the gang would smuggle groups of illegal immigrants across the Channel in the back of a lorry, taking them to Calais train station.

He later began his journey to France with the group, along with an Indian national who wanted to flee to Spain. But, before leaving the UK, the gang was confronted by BBC journalists.