A possie in Aussie

November 24, 2009

Meet a people smuggler: video from Al Jazeera

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,boat people — Nayano @ 12:54 pm
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Al Jazeera seems to have got closer than any other news service to the business of people smuggling.

Crikey featured this video today that shows Afghan asylum seekers arriving in West Timor, on a boat bound for Australia, and an interview with a smuggler.

The passage from West Timor is apparently the shortest to Australia, but still takes 72 hours on a fishing boat.

We learn that about 50 people are involved in each operation – at $US 10,000.00, that’s $250 each – if it’s divided equally. Not a get rich quick scheme – or get rich easily, especially for the boat operators who know that there are regularly boats that don’t make it.


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