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Exposure - The Sham Marriage Racket: How To Buy Your Way Into Britain

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    Thu 02 Jul 2015
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    10.40pm - 11.40pm
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    Week 27 2015 : Sat 27 Jun - Fri 03 Jul
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Exposure - The Sham Marriage Racket: How To Buy Your Way Into Britain
As the Government looks to take an increasingly hardline approach to immigration, Exposure investigates a massive loophole that remains at the heart of our system – sham marriage.
In March this year new rules were introduced to tighten up regulations and cut the number of sham marriages taking place in Britain.
Featuring undercover filming, How to Buy Your Way into Britain reveals that despite the promised Government crackdown, racketeers are still making millions by organising sham marriages, forging passports and human trafficking.
The programme includes covertly filmed footage of sham marriage fixers, with one describing fake brides as ‘puppets’ and boasting about the number of illegal weddings they are able to organise every year. 
They tell an undercover reporter they couldn’t care less about the change in the law, and plan to carry on regardless, exploiting vulnerable women and making huge amounts of cash at the taxpayers’ expense. One says: “It’s too soft here, the system… This whole game is peanuts.” 
Eminent lawyer and former CPS chief crown prosecutor Nazir Afzal views the footage, and says: “All of it is criminal… And it demonstrates how big a scale of the problem we face.”
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