In August 2013, a human smuggling gang operating in Spain and France was broken up by police. The smuggling gang was charging Chinese migrants over $53,000 (€40,000) per person to be smuggled into Europe. The migrants would eventually settle in the United Kingdom or the United States.
Included in the fee would be fake passports and instructions on how to act like a tourist to avoid extra attention at border checkpoints.
The $53,000 fee is in line with previous reports made by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, which stated that Chinese migrants pay around $50,000 to be smuggled into the United States.
Source: “‘Human trafficking ring’ broken up,” BBC News, August 10, 2013.