News: China aliens nailed: 6 tried to sneak across Niagara bridge

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Subject: News: China aliens nailed: 6 tried to sneak across Niagara bridge
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Feb 10 1999 - 17:36:42 EST


why were they being brought into the country? to work in a sweatshop? to
pay off their debt? isn't this yet another case of trafficking that is
being mislabeled "smuggling?"

China aliens nailed: 6 tried to sneak across Niagara bridge
By TOM GODFREY
Toronto Sun, February 10, 1999

Six Chinese nationals charged with trying to sneak across the Niagara Falls
bridge into the U.S. were detained after appearing in a Buffalo court
yesterday.

U.S. Border Patrol officers were yesterday searching the Buffalo area for
two others wanted in the incident.

The RCMP and U.S. border police said the recent rash of aliens caught
trying to sneak into the U.S. at Niagara Falls stems from a crackdown on
smuggling activities at the Akwasasne Indian reserve.

Border Patrol assistant chief Don Palacios said three men and three women
were arrested just after midnight yesterday crawling along the CN bridge,
which spans the Niagara River at the whirlpool rapids.

"At first we thought it was an animal crawling on the bridge," Palacios
said. "The group started to run as we took a closer look."

He said the six, aged 20 to 34, arrived in Toronto and Montreal from China
in the past two weeks.

Palacios said one man was a refugee claimant in Canada.

They were charged with illegally entering the U.S. and appeared before a
Buffalo judge yesterday.

"They had no documents whatsoever on them," Palacios said. "We don't know
if they entered Canada using fictitious names."

He said they allegedly paid $40,000 each for the smuggling trip to the
U.S., and were headed to sweatshops in New York City and Boston.

Meanwhile, police in Hong Kong said officers there found two lists of the
names of aliens allegedly smuggled into Canada by a Markham immigration
consultant and his sister.

Hong Kong's chief inspector Peter Barnes said officers found more than 200
names of people who paid more than $8,000 to be smuggled here.

Police said a man allegedly provided a service that included airline
tickets, escorts and coaching on what to tell immigration officers.

Derek Ip Wai-Ming, 39, and Lai Ying Ip, 44, are charged with smuggling
offences in Hong Kong.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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