SHAM marriage fixers who were caught on camera boasted they would get away with it because the authorities are too scared to intervene.
Hidden ITV cameras showed a man arranging a ceremony between a Pakistani migrant seeking a passport, who was actually an undercover reporter, and a British bride.
The journalist asked the fixer if the relationship would “stand out” because they were from different cultures. But the alleged fixer replied: “As far as ethnicity, religion, that is very, so touchy they are scared to bring it up.
“It’s not PC. It’s not something they’ll bring up, for fear of being called racist.”
The investigation for ITV’s Exposure, aired last Thursday (2), and included two cases of undercover filming of bogus wedding ‘fixers’. One couple offered to provide a girl to take part in a ceremony for £10,000.
Former Crown Prosecution chief Nazir Afzal said officials were worried about being accused of “racism” if they investigated fake couples.
He said: “People these days are less likely to ask those kinds of questions because they don’t want to be accused of being racist or religiously discriminatory.
“The saddest thing is that we the British taxpayer-the public lose out, and that can’t be right.”
Government figures show 10,000 sham marriages take place each year. In March, the Home Office announced anyone planning to tiethe knot to wait for a month between giving notice and getting married.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The criminal gangs who try to cheat their way around our immigration laws will not escape justice.
“The Immigration Act, which became law last year, gives us much stronger powers to identify, disrupt and deter sham marriages. In the last year we intervened in more than 2,900 suspected sham marriages- double the number from the year before.”