Monday, November 23, 2009

Human Trafficking: Despite the talk, people smuggling from Indonesia to Australia continues to flourish

People smuggling networks taking asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia are flourishing despite Jakarta's pledges to combat the trade.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen gained rare access to a network of smugglers who revealed some of their closely-guarded methods.

These include using secret compartments taking asylum seekers to Australian waters and then issuing distress calls in the hope of being picked up by rescue boats and taken to Australian detention centres.

The Indonesian government says it is looking at laws to curb people-smuggling as none currently exist.

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