Members of a suspected human trafficking gang were arrested today after immigration officers raided a string of homes across Hounslow.
Seven men were arrested from 10 addresses across Hounslow, Isleworth, Feltham and Southall after a nine-month covert investigation by the UK Border Agency.
Gang members are suspected to have trafficked Afghans illegally into Heathrow and then told them to claim asylum.
All seven men, British nationals aged between 34 and 67, are being held on suspicion of facilitating a breach of the immigration laws.
Officers seized computer equipment from a number of homes and are examining hard drives for evidence.
UK Border Agency’s Heathrow director Philip Astle said: “We believe that we have disrupted a significant international organised criminal network, which aimed to assist people to enter the UK illegally. “Today’s operation is the result of an extensive investigation involving both the UK Border Agency and Met Police. That investigation continues.
“The UK Border Agency has had significant success in disrupting trafficking activity. Working with our law enforcement partners we are determined to create a hostile environment for organised criminals who prey on vulnerable immigrants, and take action against those who break the law.”
Those arrested are now being questioned at a police station in west London.
The UK Border Agency estimate three-quarters of illegal immigration is associated with organised crime.
Through close working with police, it is working to identify and disrupt organised immigration crime including human trafficking, fraud and forgery.
Notice that whilst they lament the gangs preying on 'vulnerable immigrants', they don't mention how they prey on our society. Who must raise and educate the children of these 'vulnerable immigrants', put up with gangs of their youth harassing women and passersby, pay for their elderly to use the NHS?
Here is one of the British nationals described in the article being led away by police: