ПОВОЛЖСКАЯ АКАДЕМИЯ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОЙ СЛУЖБЫ
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“THE PEOPLE TRADE”
Выполнил : студент 2-го курса
208 группы очного отделения
специальности 0211 Чернов Вадим Александрович
Проверил: Cалеева Л.П.
г. САРАТОВ 2000
Статья из журнала NEWSWEEK JULY 3, 2000 : "THE PEOPLE TRADE".
"THE PEOPLE TRADE".
Europe needs workers: immigrants want a better life. Inside the shadowy
- and dangerous - world of human smuggling.
Indide the customs office in Dover, England, a fax machine chirruped.
Out came a message from the European Pathway, a P&O Stena Line ferry
that was churning across the channel from Zeebrugge, Belgium. The crew
was dutifully alerting British authorities to a suspicious truck, a big
white Mercedes-Benz tractor hauling a refrigerator unit supposedly
filled with tomatoes. One of the last to board the ferry, the truck bore
the name Van Der Spek TRANSPORT. The name of the firm (it would later
emerge that the company was only four days old ) triggered misgivings -
perhaps because it was close, but not identical, to that of an
established Dutch trucking company. The track, said a British customs
spokesman, "fit the profile of one that could be used to smuggle
cigarettes, drugs or contraband... It was a hunch."
It was just before midnight, Sunday, June 18, the hottest day of the
year, when the European Pathway pulled into Doverunder the city's
landmark chalk cliffs. Customs officials were waiting for the Mercedes
truck as it trundled off the ferry. They told the driver to back into
Bay 9 of the inspection shed. Opening the big doors to the airtight
refrigeration container. they first came across pallets of crated
tomatoes. Muscling the tomatoes aside, the officers found one body. Then
they found another body, and then another and another. In all, they
found 54 dead men, four dead women and two traumatized men clinging to
life - all of them young Chinese, probably from Fujian province, who had
been headed to Britain in search of jobs. "I will never forget the sight
that greeted us when we opened the back doors," one of the customs
inspectors said, "There were just piles and piles of bodies."
The calamity in Dover shook not only Britain, where nothing on such a
scale, had ever happened before, but all of Europe. From the boot of
Italy to the bords of Norway, immigrants are entering Europe in record
numbers. Pushed out of their own countries by economic hardship or
political turmoil, they are drawn to Europe's robust prosperity,
especially within the 15 countries of the European Union. "There is a
strategic equetion that produces a massive push to immigrate," says
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