The February 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK shows 711 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during February 2016. Using the Nexis filter of 'Subject' to filter through results, dominant news stories appearing across all media related to the Calais 'Jungle'. Further filtering results using the term 'Calais' revealed 29 stories published in the UK & Irish media. This blog focuses on three of the Calais stories: Jungle children; under siege truckers and smuggler gangs.
The Mirror.co.uk reports that Calais Jungle children 'face being caught by pimps and gangs' if Britain does not increase its help, MPs have been warned. Labour's refugee spokesman Yvette Cooper accused ministers of a "massive reality gap" as tents and welfare centres were bulldozed. Stars including Colin Firth, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch have pressed David Cameron to bring 291 unaccompanied children to Britain. Tory Immigration Minister James Brokenshire told the Commons children should be settling in France, apart from those whose closest family are in the UK.
The Express.co.uk runs with the story focusing on a European Commission (EC) publication of a 'self-help manual for under-siege truckers in Calais'. The EC said: "The Commission will develop, by 2017, a handbook on prevention of migrant smuggling, including, possibly, codes of conduct for drivers and operators of merchant and fishing vessels." Ukip MEP Mike Hookem called for more to be done about the danger to truckers. Two thirds of haulage companies claim they have been forced to change routes or schedules to avoid the crisis in Calais. Ukip employment spokeswoman Jane Collins said: "By the time the European Commission get round to doing anything there won't be any British people working in haulage, just foreign lorry drivers in old British trucks working for the people traffickers."
The Scottish Express looks at how the French are tackling smuggler gangs. According to their article, 25 people trafficking networks have been dismantled in Calais. 'French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said about 700 people were involved in the networks which charge migrants up to £5,000 each to sneak them aboard cars and lorries to the UK.'
The February 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK stood at 169% which reflects 711 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during February 2016 compared to 531 the previous month.
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