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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 22:06:54 EST


11-19-99 AUSTRALIA: SMUGGLING PEOPLE AN ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS.

By KERRY-ANNE WALSH.
Canada, US and Australia the favourite destinations

AUSTRALIA, the United States and Canada are the favourite destinations of
people-trafficking syndicates who find the business a low-risk and
lucrative alternative to drug smuggling.
Given the acts of vengeance promised on the family members of their
clients, very few illegals who are caught are willing to squeal on the
syndicates who have organised their trips.
The berth money, which is often much more than the payer could possibly
earn in a lifetime and with exorbitant interest rates attached, is borrowed
>from the racketeers and paid to the boat operators, who are in league.
The racketeers either exact revenge on the remaining family in the source
country if the debt is not met, or have their operatives in the "host"
country do the same.
Up until the most recent arrivals in Australia, Chinese nationals - mainly
>from Fujian province - had been the greatest source of illegal entrants by
boat into Australia.
Of the 5,600 who have arrived since the late 80s, nearly 2,000 are Chinese
nationals.
Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock returned last week from a trip to
China optimistic that Australian and Chinese officials would work closely
to stamp out the people-smuggling trade.
"I do not discount the difficulty of stopping this traffic," Mr Ruddock
said, "but I am encouraged by the co-operation we enjoy with China in our
efforts to combat it."
But what a long time a week is in national affairs.
This week the emphasis of concern sharply switched from the Chinese
people-smuggling rackets to the more pressing problem of the voluminous
trade out of the Middle East via Asian gateways.
The majority of the passengers on the Indonesian-crewed boats intercepted
over the past three weeks were Iraqis, Afghans, and others from the Middle
East.
Immigration Department officials believe many passengers pay their way to
Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore where, depending on their nationality,
they secure visas to enter Indonesia. From there, it is off to Australia.
According Australia's regional immigration director in Jakarta, Mr Jose
Alvarez, 2,000 Iraqi, Afghani and Iranian citizens are currently in
Indonesia waiting for their boats to come in.
(c) 1999 Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
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 STRAITS TIMES 19/11/1999

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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