Let’s dismantle the Calais camp – and smash this modern slave trade | Charlie Elphicke

Traffickers target vulnerable refugees and migrants and threaten lorry drivers. Britain and France must unite to take far tougher action against them

Every summer the refugee crisis is brought into sharp focus as British holidaymakers travel between Dover and Calais. The number of people crammed into the so-called Jungle refugee camp in Calais has now swelled to almost 10,000. People are outraged by shocking scenes of refugees and migrants from the camp desperately trying to get on to lorries bound for Britain.

But this year, the darker underbelly of the Calais camp has begun to surface – that of people traffickers and their trade of modern slavery, a “barbaric evil” that the prime minister Theresa May has rightly pledged to lead the way in defeating.

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