Latest stowaways in UK

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. The story — headlined “Trucker’s a-maize-ing find” — is played for its shock value, hinging on the stunning photograph of one of the illegal immigrants, covered head to toe in starch and bound in handcuffs, but for my money its key component is one of sadness in the desperate lengths to which some go in search of something better.

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