People smugglers using TikTok to advertise deadly lorry journeys to UK for £20k

Life-threatening journeys for migrants seeking to come to the UK are still being advertising on social media app TikTok.

Despite claims from social media companies that they would be cracking down on the posts, ads originating from Albania plugging “safe passage” via lorry are being advertised at more than £20,000 per family.

The investigation from The Mirror found 10 adverts, with one even promising a chance to meet the Queen.

Another claimed passengers could “ride alongside the driver” on routes from Belgium and Spain.

One user on the app claimed: “The last journey this year to meet the Queen in England. Secure journey inside the head of the lorry. 100% secure.

Another advert, posted last week, said: “Another journey to England on the head of the lorry – £24,000 sterling.

“Secure journey to England before Christmas.

“Get in touch with us quickly.”

The discovery comes less than one week after the National Crime Agency said that TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter had agreed to “greater collaboration against crime groups using the internet to recruit, communicate and advertise services to migrants”.

Ex-border control officer Chris Hobbs said: “There is a responsibility for social media to do more. This could lead to a loss of life.”

A spokesman for TikTok, which has now banned the accounts responsible for the adverts, said: "This has no place on our platform – Safety is our priority.

“We invest in people and technology to remove content of this nature.”

The crackdown comes as news of 68 migrants including 3 babies were rescued from a boat in the English Channel after attempting a crossing in the early hours of Christmas Day.

All passengers aboard the vessel — who are reported to be from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran — are now being processed in the UK.

One young girl could be heard among the people who were brought to Dover at around midnight on Christmas morning, according to agency reports.

The children found on board are now with social services.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “Border Force has intercepted a number of boats containing migrants attempting to cross the Channel overnight and this morning, and has deployed resources to deal with these incidents."

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