That’s clever

Private schools are making hundreds of thousands of pounds from Vietnamese children who are entering Britain on student visas then disappearing, The Times can reveal.

Children as young as 15 are being brought to the UK by suspected trafficking gangs through legitimate visas sponsored by private schools.

The students typically pay a term’s fees then go missing within weeks or months of starting at the school. Many disappear into the system and are left at risk of exploitation in nail bars, cannabis farms and brothels.

The number who end up in brothels will be from tiny to zero.

But it’s a clever exploitation of the system.

The whole smuggling thing in a lorry isn’t cheap and has its angers. So, cough up a term’s school fees and you’re in instead.

Do note, I’m not approving. Just saying it’s clever.

19 thoughts on “That’s clever”

  1. The “sponsered by the schools” bit is doing some heavy lifting there. All it means is that the school is the UK-based entity in the education contract, just as much as any university “sponsors” its foreign students. The real “sponsor” in the Clapham-omnibus understood sense of the word is the person/people handing over the money – the foreign parents in the case of school fees.

  2. Friend of mine made an interesting point.

    Why pay £7k to people smugglers to cart you over here in the back of a lorry when for much less you could book a flight and two week holiday in a decent hotel in the UK and disappear at the end of it.

    You’d be just as much illegal and I doubt that the theoretical disadvantage of immigration knowing that you are here would add much to the likelihood of you being caught or the consequences if you were.

  3. The Times has discovered “at least 21” Vietnamese children whose whereabouts have not been explained to it (“disappeared”) in four years. So they refuse to believe that five children changed schools each year? Tens of thousands of British children change boarding schools each year (mostly to do ‘A’ level courses, but hundreds do so for other reasons each year).

  4. I bought some Asics jogging shoes which are Made In Vietnam. So some small part of my purchase is paying for Vietnamese to come to school here and then run away.

  5. The students typically pay a term’s fees then go missing within weeks

    Well obviously – the standard of education is so much higher in Vietnam why waste time here on Black History Month or learning how to put a condom on a banana?

  6. Wouldn’t the school from which they departed normally know something about the school they were leaving for John? Esp given that they are boarding schools.

    I too am interested in Andrew C’s Mate’s question. Are holiday visas required and hard to come by for Vietnamese people? I suppose it would quickly alert the authorities too – come for a two week holiday and then don’t board the flight home.

  7. I got the impression that there were a very small number of isolated incidents in 2017. With no real convincing explanation. OK, it was on radio 4, but still!

  8. This is how universities fund themselves in Oz. Someone comes in on a student visa, studies something which is deemed to be in short supply and applies for a permanent visa. Or just refuses to go home and is vigorously supported by the woke establishment. Since they’re foreign rather than Aussie criminals, the taxpayer naturally pays for their defence.

  9. Same deal in USA. Over half of the illegals here have simply overstayed their visas.

    We need serious consequences for being here illegally. Trump’s Wall represents failure. But I’m for it as long as the government keeps failing at it’s PRIME duty. We should have concentration camps for the illegals.

    ‘Many disappear into the system and are left at risk of exploitation in nail bars, cannabis farms and brothels.

    The number who end up in brothels will be from tiny to zero.’

    One might think that The Times just fvcking made up the whole damn story! Clever as it is.

    It doesn’t pass the sniff test. A child – wait . . . as young as 15 . . . then the rest are older than 15 . . . hardly ‘children.’ Anywho, it takes significant money for the journey and the school, so the parents have to have some wealth, and the kids (sic) have have to have some smarts to get into the schools, so it makes no since to send them for them to duck out into an underground economy.

    ‘The students typically pay a term’s fees then go missing within weeks’

    So, your parents pack you up and send you to Britain for schooling. You are Vietnamese, and not real happy about being plopped down in England and having to go to some stuffy school. So you bolt.

    Not the same as parents and kids conspiring to get the kid into the English underground economy.

  10. Dear Christ not the return of nail bar slavery again?

    Sweet Jesus how big a bunch of fuckwits can journos be? Even the shite-scum of marxist propaganda must see that that seam is played out? That fool and traitor Treason May won’t touch it anymore.,

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    Friend of mine made an interesting point.

    Why pay £7k to people smugglers to cart you over here in the back of a lorry when for much less you could book a flight and two week holiday in a decent hotel in the UK and disappear at the end of it.

    You’d be just as much illegal and I doubt that the theoretical disadvantage of immigration knowing that you are here would add much to the likelihood of you being caught or the consequences if you were.

    If they do that and get caught they can’t play the modern slavery victim card and therefore have a higher chance of being sent back.

  12. @BiND – that seems a good explanation.

    The schools thing is a bit bemusing. These girls have been mixing with other pupils and in some cases a family, but they never say: ‘Help, I’m being trafficked!’ at any point.

    The only thing about the ‘modern slavery’ angle I find convincing is that there seems little return from investing substantial capital to bring some girl all the way from ‘Nam to work in a nail bar. She’s not going to make your fortune unless you do actually own her and her labour for her lifetime.

  13. Given privacy rules why would the schools pass on forwarding information to the newspapers?
    If they have gone back how would the Times know?

  14. I was an illegal immigrant in Hong Kong. I didn’t realise until attempting to board the ‘plane to *leave* the emigration staff detained me as I’d overstayed my visa by years. I’m not sure what recourse they had to punish me as deporting me would be assisting me in my wishes. I ended up having to pay all the visa renewal fees I’d missed, leaving me scrambling around for some HK currency as I’d changed almost all my money into Sterling or sent it overseas to my UK account.

  15. Bloke in North Dorset

    The only thing about the ‘modern slavery’ angle I find convincing is that there seems little return from investing substantial capital to bring some girl all the way from ‘Nam to work in a nail bar. She’s not going to make your fortune unless you do actually own her and her labour for her lifetime.

    That’s a good point.

    From what I’ve seen these girls all look well fed, well dressed and quite happy. They business model wouldn’t work if they all looked like unhappy slaves who were being abused.

    So even if the’re being less than the minimum wage there’s still quite a cost there and the shops have costs as well. So how much margin is there on one of these girls compared to employing someone local and legal? £1 maybe £2 an hour? For a 50 hour week, and its retail so they aren’t going to be working much more that’s about £5k a year extra profit, if they’re lucky.

    Is it worth the risk knowing these girls could just up and walk out of the shop when its full of customers and any scene is going to attract the local plod and trigger an investigation?

    My guess is these girls are far from being modern slaves and are quite willing workers who are much better off than being at home. I’ll bet they’re also sending home some good remittances.

  16. @ Interested
    If you left a school because you were being bullied by the indigenous louts, would you *really* tell them where you were moving to?
    The indignant parent tells the school “I am removing my child” – he/she doesn’t say “I want to transfer to St Mary’s, Walsingham”

  17. @Mr Ecks November 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Nail bar was career of choice for Fridge girl; she gave up her Japan job and paid cash up front to be a UK nail bar “slave”

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    The Times “Children as young as 15” thus 16+ are children too then? Hypocritical how Left say anyone under 25 is immature, child, didn’t know; yet next breath 16 and even 14 year olds knowledgeable enough to have vote.

    The Times – purveyor of Fake News

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    OT
    We already needed general election after Theresa May was rejected – Lord Judge
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgKWkpxz-1s

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