Soldiers to monitor Dutch ports for human trafficking

Members of the armed forces have been summoned to check cars and trucks heading to England from Dutch ports following a sharp rise in attempts by stowaways.

32 soldiers are now stationed in Hoek van Holland, Europoort and IJmuiden to check vehicles. The spot check is expected to run until October this year.

Reports from the Telegraaf said that about 500 people were apprehended in the first four months of this year while trying to cross illegally to Britain via the Dutch ports. It said these ports also recorded same amount of people the previous year. Figures indicate that about 220 were from Albania while 110 were from Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry was however quoted as saying that despite the increase, there are no signs that people are moving north from Calais to the Netherlands in an attempt to cross to England.

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