British authorities intercepted eight vessels carrying some 74 migrants, including minors, across the English Channel on Saturday. French authorities reportedly caught two additional boats.
Coastguard officials said the boats were found along Britain’s southeast coast, stretching from the port of Dover to Winchelsea Beach near Hastings, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the situation was “alarming.” He added that he would work with French authorities to stop human trafficking across the channel. A criminal investigation is now underway.