Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The tyrannical chief of an immigrant smuggling gang has been convicted of human trafficking and violence. Yong Zhang, a member of one of China's infamous Snakehead gangs, made thousands from the trade based on extortion. He was found guilty of conspiring to assist illegal entry, false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced later. Zhang also faces deportation. Judge Alan Hitching said he came to Britain as an illegal immigrant and worked in the black economy and had not paid national insurance or tax. His role in the lucrative illegal immigrant trade came to light after he welcomed one young asylum seeker to Britain with a savage beating. Agricultural worker Li En Kai, 25, and his family had contacted a Snakehead gang in China who agreed to smuggle him to a new life in the "promised land" of the UK for an agreed price.