Indian film depicts plight of illegal migrants
"Illegal immigrants are trafficked by these smugglers from India via Russia, the Ukraine, Turkey and then on to Calais (France) from where they reach the United Kingdom and cities like London and Leicester," Mr Vaz said. Another route for the illegal immigration is through Russia, the Ukraine, Slovakia and then into Austria, the gateway to western Europe.
The film was screened in Leicester which has a large population of Indian origin, after screenings in London and Glasgow.
It will now be shown throughout schools and colleges in Punjab to highlight the dangers of illegal immigration.
The film showed how illiterate villagers in Punjab are duped by smugglers into selling their lands and are lured by dreams of riches in western European countries like the UK.
It also showed how these illegal immigrants are transported illegally by trucks with false ceilings and how many of them are suffocated to death during their journey, and their bodies being dumped in the snow by brutal human traffickers.
Those who survive have then to cross the border into Austria from Slovakia by foot, in what is a dangerous and exhausting journey.
Victims interviewed in the film narrated how they were subjected to beatings for more money by the smugglers, resulting in deep physical and psychological scars.