Smuggler jailed for helping Chinese men through Portsmouth port

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A WOMAN has been jailed for a year after being caught helping smuggle three people through the city’s port.

Visalatchy Kalansieam, 42, was coming from France through Portsmouth International Ferry Port when she was stopped in the passport control queue with three Chinese nationals behind her.

All three of these Chinese nationals attempted to enter the United Kingdom, all of them using false passports

Martyn Booth

An alert was sparked on November 9 when officials scanned her passport and it came up as a cause for concern on the Home Office computer.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, told Portsmouth Crown Court how Kalansieam, from Malaysia, had been promised 500 euros by a man she was in a relationship with in Paris.

‘All three of these Chinese nationals attempted to enter the United Kingdom, all of them using false passports,’ Mr Booth said.

Kalansieam, who bought the ferry tickets, said she had been asked to assist the men but did not know they had no right to come into the country.

She admitted assisting unlawful immigration.

She must pay a £900 courts charge.