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Encyclopedia > People smuggling

People smuggling is a term which is used to describe transportation of people across international borders to a non-official entry point of a destination country for financial gain. Typically those being transported may not have adequate formal travel documents or prior approval to enter the destination country. Various denominations of currency, one form of money Money is any good or token that functions as a medium of exchange that is socially and legally accepted in payment for goods and services and in settlement of debts. ...

Above: Over a thousand men, smuggled into Oman, return to Pakistan by boat after they were arrested and imprisoned. Thousands of South Asians are smuggled into the Middle East; but they are arrested and deported back each year - Pic by Ansar Burney Trust

People smugglers are sometimes used by refugees fleeing persecution. However, a majority are people who are seeking better employment. Interpol, in a recent communication, described people smuggling as follows: Image File history File linksMetadata Human_smuggling_ansarburney. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Human_smuggling_ansarburney. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

People smuggling has become the preferred trade of a growing number of criminal networks world-wide which are showing an increasing sophistication in regard to move larger numbers of people at higher profits than ever.

In the Southwest United States, a "coyote" is a person paid to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border between Mexico and the United States. Snakeheads are smugglers from China who smuggle people into the United States and other Western countries. The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... People smuggling is a term which is used to describe the illegal and organised smuggling of people across international boundaries, usually for financial gain. ... Snakeheads (Chinese: 蛇頭 shé tóu) are China gangs who smuggle people to other countries. ...


Human trafficking differs from people smuggling. A people smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is usually free. Trafficking involves a process of using physical force, fraud or deception to obtain and transport people. Women, who form the majority of trafficking victims, are particularly at risk from criminals who exploit lack of opportunities, promise good jobs or opportunities for study, and then force the victims to be prostitutes. To many, the contemporary phenomenon of trafficking in human beings is equivalent to slavery. Trafficking of human beings is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people for the purpose of exploitation. ... Slave redirects here. ...


See also

Trafficking of human beings is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people for the purpose of exploitation. ... Snakeheads (Chinese: 蛇頭 shé tóu) are China gangs who smuggle people to other countries. ... Mootaz Attia Mohamed Hasan, better known as Abu Quassey (born 20 March 1973) is a convicted people smuggler and the head of the syndicate that organised the fatal SIEV-X voyage. ...

External links

  • Ansar Burney Trust - Organisation working against human smuggling and trafficking
  • Havocscope Human Smuggling Market
  • Amnesty International, People Smuggling - fact sheet

 
 

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