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Four men were sentenced to a total of about 17 years for smuggling Vietnamese nationals including children in a yacht to the U.K. last April.


The immigrants, who had been crammed like freight, were shipped through a harbor in Newlyn, a fishing village in the South West England county of Cornwall.


Shocked residents reportedly saw the foreigners pile out of the yacht before marching down into a windowless van. Police were then alerted about the vehicle, which traveled up the M5 motorway before being stopped in Cullompton, Devon County.


Authorities found a total of 29 Vietnamese nationals in the van. At the same time, four men were arrested on the yacht.


Investigation revealed that the yacht, known as the Johan Sebastian, had set off from Newlyn on April 8, 2019 to Roscoff, France. It returned at 7:07 a.m. on April 12.


The suspects were identified as Frank Walling (73), Glen Bennett (55), Jon Ransom (63) and Keith Plummer (63). On Monday, they appeared at Truro Crown Court to receive their sentences.


The gang was found guilty under section 25 of the Immigration Act. Walling, Bennett and Ransom all got four-and-a-half years each, while Plummer received 40 months, according to the BBC.


In the van, being carted around like freight, were 29 living, breathing and I have no doubt desperate human beings for whose plight you cared not one jot, Judge Robert Lindford told the men, according to the Daily Mail. This was no humanitarian enterprise but one for gain, benefiting from human misery.




Lindford held the men accountable for the fate of the immigrants, some of whom have reportedly disappeared.


You four are all responsible for the fact that these people are now unlawfully in this country, but more than that you were in a trade that exploited these poor, hapless people.


Of the immigrants, 17 are believed to be under the age of 18, and three of them have gone missing, according to Crown Prosecutor Don Tait.

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Human Traffickers Get 17 Years in Jail for Smuggling 29 People

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Four men were sentenced to a total of about 17 years for smuggling Vietnamese nationals including children in a yacht to the U.K. last April.


The immigrants, who had been crammed like freight, were shipped through a harbor in Newlyn, a fishing village in the South West England county of Cornwall.


Shocked residents reportedly saw the foreigners pile out of the yacht before marching down into a windowless van. Police were then alerted about the vehicle, which traveled up the M5 motorway before being stopped in Cullompton, Devon County.


Authorities found a total of 29 Vietnamese nationals in the van. At the same time, four men were arrested on the yacht.


Investigation revealed that the yacht, known as the Johan Sebastian, had set off from Newlyn on April 8, 2019 to Roscoff, France. It returned at 7:07 a.m. on April 12.


The suspects were identified as Frank Walling (73), Glen Bennett (55), Jon Ransom (63) and Keith Plummer (63). On Monday, they appeared at Truro Crown Court to receive their sentences.


The gang was found guilty under section 25 of the Immigration Act. Walling, Bennett and Ransom all got four-and-a-half years each, while Plummer received 40 months, according to the BBC.


In the van, being carted around like freight, were 29 living, breathing and I have no doubt desperate human beings for whose plight you cared not one jot, Judge Robert Lindford told the men, according to the Daily Mail. This was no humanitarian enterprise but one for gain, benefiting from human misery.




Lindford held the men accountable for the fate of the immigrants, some of whom have reportedly disappeared.


You four are all responsible for the fact that these people are now unlawfully in this country, but more than that you were in a trade that exploited these poor, hapless people.


Of the immigrants, 17 are believed to be under the age of 18, and three of them have gone missing, according to Crown Prosecutor Don Tait.

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