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En kvinnelig britisk journaliststudent i slutten av 20-årene ble gruppevoldtatt da hun bega seg ensom inn i en leir for ulovlige asylsøkere i Calais tirsdag.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was described as «a London student who had travelled to France to highlight problems surrounding clandestine immigration.»

A local police spokesman added: «She appeared to be working alone, which was clearly a very dangerous thing to do.

«We fear that the men she was reporting on attacked her in the wood where they were staying.»

The woman is believed to have wanted to spend time with the immigrants in a notorious makeshift camp called «The Jungle» before the attack happened on Tuesday night.

Others in the town said she was in her late 20s or early 30s, and taking her own photographs rather than working with a colleague.

«The Jungle» is part of a disused an industrial zone called The Dunes, a short walk from the ferry port.

There would-be immigrants make tents out of plastic sheets and build fires.

They are supported by local charities, with the newly elected Right Wing council in Calais refusing to provide them with permanent accommodation.

Tallet som tar seg ulovlig inn i Storbritannia har sunket radikalt, fra rundt 10.000 i året i 2002, til ca. 1.500 i fjor.

British journalism student gang-raped in Calais