Calais Jungle: Rape and sexual assaults reported on a daily basis, says journalist

Calais Jungle: Rape and sexual assaults reported on a daily basis, says journalist

Tents within the camp at Calais

Monday, September 19, 2016

Numerous sexual crimes are reported on a daily basis inside the Calais Jungle, according to reporter Enda Brady. 

Brady, who has reported from the camp in his capacity as a correspondent for Sky News, explained how rape and sexual assualts have been allowed to flourish within the camp.

"Some of the aid workers I spoke to said to us 'this abuse is happening,'" he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Rape and sexual assualts are being reported on a daily basis. 

"It's a place of utter desperation - 10,000 people and the one thing that strikes you is that you can't believe that people can live like this in a first world country in 2016.

"The place is pretty much run by people traffickers who want to target the vulnerable and make as much cash as possible. This is a criminal entity thriving off human misery.

"There are police officers there, but from my reading of the situation, they're more concerned with ensuring the A16 road - which tourists use to get to Paris when they get off the ferry - is clear.  If there were to go in, it would probably exacerbate the situation.

"It is just an absolutely appalling place."