Smuggling gangs step up lucrative clandestine Channel crossings

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After an Iranian woman became the first migrant known to have died crossing the Channel from France to Britain, a clandestine route that has been attempted by more than 1,200 people, organised crime groups are said to be taking control of the crossing they regard as highly lucrative.

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Migrants are being forced to board dangerously overcrowded small boats at gunpoint to make the journey across the Channel, reports The Times.