A woman revealed her shock after opening her car boot to discover a family of migrants during a cigarette run to France.
Kaylee Carson, from Peterborough, traveled to Calais to buy cheap cigarettes, tried to return to the UK – but border police discovered a family hiding in the trunk of her car.
She was arrested on charges of human trafficking and imprisoned in France for three months before being released.
The mother-of-one talked about the experience on Young, Dumb and Banged Up in the Sun tonight, which will be broadcast on 5Star this evening at 9 p.m.
Kaylee Carson, from Peterborough, was imprisoned in France for three months after the police found a family hiding in the trunk of her car after a cigarette run to Calais
Kaylee took the spontaneous trip to Calais with her cousin looking for cheap cigarettes.
After taking the four-hour drive to Dover, they took the ferry across the Channel to Calais.
The duo grabbed their cigarettes and put everything in the backseat of their car and checked that there was nothing in the trunk.
But they missed the ferry on the way back and had to go to Dunkirk instead, where they spent the night in a hotel.
But they no longer checked the trunk, and when they arrived at the border and checked the police, they found a family of shelters inside.
Kaylee revealed: "I was like wow, I was just in shock. There was a family of three with blankets and bags with clothes wrapped around it.
"I told the police" Get them out of my car! "I was just in shock. I don't know how I heard them or my car didn't feel heavier. & # 39;
She said: "I thought it was a joke to start with. I had no idea how they got there. They must have arrived at the hotel there. & # 39;
Kaylee revealed that she was left shocked when the border police hid the family in the trunk of her car
Kaylee revealed that she thought the police would understand that at first she had no idea who the people were.
But they were not sympathetic, with Kaylee who said: & they said to me that it is known that it is all in the news.
& # 39; I felt that I am not watching the news in France, it is not in the news in England … I do not check the trunk of my car before I go somewhere. & # 39;
A shell-shocked Kaylee and her cousin were handcuffed and taken for interrogation.
She said: "I knew that human trafficking existed, but I never expected that I would get caught up in it. I was just in shock.
& # 39; They kept saying we lied to them. We thought we had set it all up. & # 39;
Kaylee was forced to hand over her phones – and that was when the seriousness of the situation really struck her.
The police told her that they were going to jail and that she and her cousin could get 10 years in prison.
She said: & # 39; We begged, begged, and cried that they would let us go. & # 39;
After being in custody for a week, the women were taken to court – but they were not bailed because they did not live in France.
They were sent back to the French prison in Lille until the police had finished investigating, an experience that Kaylee & # 39; pretty scary & # 39; called.
She revealed that the women loved glass in their bra's & # 39; s safer & # 39; to feel.
Another prisoner was placed next to them who had bleached her child in bleach, while another woman committed suicide after 6 weeks in prison for not having paid a bus ticket.
Human trafficking person charges £ 5,000 per adult migrant to smuggle them into England
Children are brought to the UK by armed merchants on small boats across the Channel for a fee of £ 2,500.
Iraqi Kurdish gangs offer & # 39; half price deals & # 39; to parents, who pay £ 5,000 for the same trip, who want to escape to Britain with their children.
The families are taken to Dover on small ships from Calais after being targeted by gangsters trying to sell them a better life.
However, if they cross the Channel, which is unlikely because of the UK Border Force and French patrols, they are hunted by gangs and forced into slavery.
Children are brought to the UK for a fee of £ 2500 each by armed traders on small boats across the Channel
A refugee told me Mirror that you have to pay the mafia to gain access to a boat and cross over England.
Following a warning from the French police, Save the Children closed the findings and said it was & # 39; sickening & # 39; is that children are endangered.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid was forced to cut off a safari in South Africa last night amid a growing protest about his & # 39; Dad & # 39; s Army & # 39; s approach to the Channel migrant crisis.
But today during a visit to Dover, immigration minister Caroline Nokes revealed that the home minister was on his way.
Iraqi Kurdish gangs offer & # 39; half price deals & # 39; to parents, who pay £ 5,000 for the same trip, who want to escape to Britain with their children
She said: & # 39; I cannot comment on his whereabouts for security reasons, but he is on his way back and will be sitting at his desk on Monday.
& # 39; He is taking control of the situation and I have regular contact with him and we had a conference call yesterday. & # 39;
Reports suggest that the number of migrants trying to cross the Channel to England has hit more than 220 since early November.
Many of those trying to cross over from Britain to Britain have a middle-class background and paid for the trip after selling their houses or borrowing money.
Many spend months in Calais waiting for the green light to hear that they are going to make the journey across the canal, sometimes also with children.
Iranian Ahmad Lorpur, 36, stayed in a tent in Calais for four months and said the traffickers themselves & # 39; agents & # 39; , adding that one of them had met an Iraqi Kurd in his twenties.
Ahmad, who has two children, Mariam, seven and Benyamin, two, said he now has no more money, but if he had £ 15,000, he would pay to make the trip.
As the weeks passed, the women worked together in their cells.
Kaylee said: "I lost about three stones while I was there, I lost all my baby weight.
"It was so hot there. I knew we were close to a beach and wished we were outside. It took us a few weeks to settle. & # 39;
During the two half-hour sessions outside every day, Kaylee and her cousin would consider escaping.
Her mental health began to suffer from spending 23 hours a day in jail, and Kayleugh began to argue with her cousin.
She said the prison guards would not treat them well, they refused to let them call home and at some point turn off the water as a punishment.
In response, Kaylee revealed that she was making signs telling them to fuck, saying: & # 39; We thought we should play them in their own game. & # 39;
After 11 weeks they were allowed to see their family, and Kaylee saw her daughter for the first time in almost three months.
She said: & # 39; It was terrible that the worst part was – when the visit was over.
& # 39; Every day we didn't know what was going to happen. & # 39;
But after three months the investigation between the British and French authorities ended and the women were released without charge.
She said: & # 39; One day they knocked on the door and brought us paperwork. It was all in French. We had to guess what it said and then we signed and were allowed to go. & # 39;
Kaylee revealed that she and her cousin were deported from France and called the prison "great & # 39;"
She said: & # 39; It was exciting to see my daughter, family and friends. The weather was beautiful, I could still enjoy the summer. It felt real on that plane.
& # 39; Three months then felt like forever, but it could have been so much worse. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; I don't think I'm going to run on tobacco again. & # 39;
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