Pushing up prices to reduce supply

Police have bought up small boats in a bid to curtail Channel migrant crossings, The Telegraph understands.

Officers have used the tactic as part of a series of operations to disrupt the supply of boats, the biggest expense for the people-smuggling gangs behind the record number of migrants crossing the Channel this year.

It is understood officers have bought the boats not only to deny the gangs access to them but also to push up prices and reduce supply in an attempt to break the traffickers’ commercial model.

That only works for a bit. Higher prices increases supply of course…..

21 thoughts on “Pushing up prices to reduce supply”

  1. I don’t understand why there aren’t private “sea rescue” boats that hover 500 metres off the French coast to pick up distressed seafarers in overloaded dinghies and bring them to the “nearest” safe port.

  2. Anyone taking bets on whether, once the prices have risen, the pigs will be selling them back to the smugglers for a healthy under-the-counter profit?

  3. This wouldn’t surprise me at all. British Plod is lazy and thick as pigshit, so shopping at boats r us will be much more attractive than doing a proper job.

  4. “Dinghy prices can range from several hundred to thousands of pounds, but they are in such demand that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has uncovered networks of organised criminal gangs buying them in the UK before sending them to traffickers in France.”

    Oooh. Organised criminal gangs. It’s a dinghy, not Romanian girls or heroin. You can buy them off eBay.

    “In a series of raids in the past six months, the NCA has smashed criminal rings in the UK supplying boats to traffickers, including one that had bought at least six vessels in Britain which had been moved to the continent. Three boats were recovered in the UK after being used to bring migrants across the Channel.

    Members of another gang, arrested in April, were sourcing rigid hull inflatable boats from the UK. They were then being transported to the Netherlands for storage before being supplied to organised trafficking groups smuggling migrants from northern France and Belgium.”

    Sorry, but what’s the crime here? Selling boats to people? That’s legal, isn’t it? As long as no-one tells you that it’s for smuggling people, how can you be arrested?

  5. @BoM4… Re your last sentence – it could be treated as “conspiracy”, ie “conspiracy to traffic illegal immigrants”. Odd quirk of the (English anyway) law* is that it’s possible to commit a crime of conspiring to do something that’s perfectly legal, it’s the conspiracy that’s the crime, not the action that’s being planned.

    * – it was when I read Law 50-odd years ago anyway… 🙂

  6. Baron,

    I can see that if someone said “I’d like to buy that boat to traffic illegal immigrants” but if someone just buys a boat and says it’s for pleasure trips, you’re not really in on it.

    But all of this stuff is never going to solve the problem. There’s this ridiculous narrative about poor, innocent illegal immigrants and people smugglers who are “trading in human misery” which echoes how the War on Drugs was once sold, as dealers pushing drugs onto people, like people don’t love drugs.

    There’s clearly plenty of money in trafficking people, and plenty of people who are poorer, smarter and harder working than the average Home Office bureaucrat.

  7. That’s interesting. There’s a supplier on AliExpress selling inflatables for 800€ suitable for up to 12 persons. But they’re only shipping to Tashkent in Uzbekistan. Not noted for it’s coasts, Uzbekistan. But it is remarkably close to Pakistan…

  8. I do feel that the only thing likely to work is simply towing the boats back to France. But perhaps you can prove me wrong here??

  9. @Boganboy

    “I do feel that the only thing likely to work is simply towing the boats back to France”

    I would suggest with a hole in the hull too.

  10. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    BoM4,

    At least the criminal gangs appear to have used the correct colour of ball point pen on the export paperwork.

  11. “Sorry, but what’s the crime here? Selling boats to people? That’s legal, isn’t it?”

    In this case: Using the famous “safe encrypted network” to flog their stuff, while pretending nothing was ever sold to the Taxman..
    Does help that the boats were not just used for facilitating Cultural Vibrancy, but also by the lads picking up “lost cargo” along the coast.
    So, yeah… The original crime is what they got Al Capone for. The Loitering with Intent is added later.

  12. Dump the illegals on the beach in France. Sink the boats with the smugglers in them. Sink any Frog navy vessel that interferes.

    Less aggressive move: lease a few square miles of Western Sahara to build a migrant processing camp. Send all illegals there via a prison hulk. Subcontract it all to whoever runs Western Sahara, pay for it with the international development budget.

    More straightforward move: sink the boats the moment they leave French waters.

  13. “Dump the illegals on the beach in France. Sink the boats with the smugglers in them. Sink any Frog navy vessel that interferes.

    Less aggressive move: lease a few square miles of Western Sahara to build a migrant processing camp. Send all illegals there via a prison hulk. Subcontract it all to whoever runs Western Sahara, pay for it with the international development budget.

    More straightforward move: sink the boats the moment they leave French waters.”

    Lol.

    I mean, good. But this isn’t the probleaum, is it?

    The prob is that TPTB not only don’t want to do this, or anything like it … they want to do the exact opposite – they’re actually now smuggling criminals over the Channel… which can lead only to more criminals having a bash.

    BTW, have you seen Spitting Image’s Priti Patel mock-up? I bet she loves it. Purest camouflage. Might Ruttnam have achieved this spavining of her rumpshiousness, or was she always this way/

    Today I got a postcard from a cousin in the RN. Apparently they’re terribly butch, all biceps and missles and wot not, and they’ve been mincing up and down the Black Sea winking at some Asiatics and sticking their arses out.

    Should I ask whether they can, instead, defend dear old wossname?

    Cuz is am OOTW – a stand-in Capt – so he should know.

  14. ” mincing up and down the Black Sea winking at some Asiatics and sticking their arses out. ”

    WTF are the sailor boys doing in the Black Sea?

  15. Channelling my inner Doctor Evil I wonder if anyone has considered acquiring sharks with lasers?

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ WTF are the sailor boys doing in the Black Sea?”

    Enforcing freedom of navigation in international waters. A key role for the Navy.

  17. it’s the conspiracy that’s the crime, not the action that’s being planned.

    Slighly OT but the HK police with the connivance of the Dept of so-called Justice came up with a new wheeze Conspiracy to commit a conspiracy to incite…

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