SOLIHULL welcomed the government’s Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas on Wednesday (February 17) when he met the joint UK Border Agency and police team.
Mr Woolas was briefed on a number of criminal investigations during his visit including child prostitution, people trafficking and passport fraud.
Officers at the unit tackle crimes including people trafficking, drug and firearm offences linked to foreign nationals, bogus marriages and bogus colleges. They also seek to remove foreign offenders guilty of serious offences once they have served their sentences.
The Minister heard cases such as that of Sorin Sardaru, a Romanian national sentenced in October 2009 to seven years in prison for trafficking and controlled child prostitution.
The Minister said: “I’m here to see the excellent work that the joint UK Border Agency and police team are doing to tackle immigration crime across the region.”
Later on Wednesday the Minister answered questions about a number of immigration issues affecting the region at Birmingham Council House.