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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 14:44 GMT
My fake passports and me
Panorama investigates the illegal passport trade.

Shahida Tulaganova
Monday, 4 December, 2006
2100 GMT on BBC One

Is it possible to buy a fake passport and use it to get into Britain?

That is the challenge facing reporter Shahida Tulaganova.

And not content with just buying one fake, she has been set the task of obtaining 25 fake passports - one for every single EU country, and her aim is to use them to get into the UK.

For the programme, Shahida goes undercover, immersing herself in the illegal passport trade, travelling around Europe meeting dealers and dangerous criminals.

On her journey she is offered a selection of fake passports: counterfeit copies of passports that can be delivered in 24 hours, stolen passports which will have her photo inserted, and even genuine passports that look-a-likes will apply for using her photo.

If Shahida can manage to fool the authorities with her fakes, then which illegal immigrant, criminal or terrorist could do the same?

Producer/Director: Kathryn Park
Executive Producer: Will Daws

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