NEWS: South Koreans jailed in human trafficking

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 15:18:47 -0800 (PST)


Comment from List Facilitator: This sounds more like a case of "smuggling"
and extortion than of "trafficking" --- does anyone on the list have details
on Japanese legislation that would be used in this kind of case? --- Thanks
for any information, Jyothi.

South Koreans jailed in human trafficking

OKAYAMA, Japan, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The Okoyama District Court in western Japan
has convicted the South Korean captain and three crew members of a tugboat
which carried about 150 illegal immigrants from South Korea to a port in
Okayama.

The court sentenced the 39-year-old captain, Kim Kyong-su, to four years in
prison, and the three others to three years in prison for bringing in the
immigrants in May.

The court found today the four violated Japan's immigration and refugee law.

They were not allowed any suspension in their prision terms after being
found guilty on charges of aiding in the illegal entry of immigrants into
Japan.

Most of those they transported are from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The court also fined Kim 4.5 million yen ($40,000) and the three others
800,000 yen ($6,800) to 1 million yen ($8,500).

Presiding Judge Masaki Nishida said that severe punishments should be given
to those helping illegal immigrants in exchange for large rewards.

According to the ruling, the four, at the request of another South Korean
man, Ko Yong-du, 63, carried the Asian immigrants on the tugboat to Hinase
port in Okayama from Pusan in South Korea on May 1.

The prosecutors alleged that Kim and the three others arranged the boat
trip in return for 3 million won to 80 million won (some $2,260 to $60,
270) from Ko.

Three Japanese, who police allege drove the illegal immigrants to the JR
Shin-Osaka Station, were also arrested and indicted in the case.


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