Human Rights

People Smugglers: Doing it Tough

Published on Dec 17, 2013 by Luke Hunt

Afghanistan and the long road out — This article first appeared in The Edge ReviewBy LUKE HUNT / KabulPeople smugglers are feeling the pinch. Escalating costs, government crackdowns and a less than compliant cargo is making life difficult for the likes of Abu Saleh, Captain Bram, Abu Visam and Sayed Abbas – perhaps Asia’s most notorious illegal importers of human beings.All four have plied their trade from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka through the Middle East to Europe or via Southeast Asia and into Australia, making small fortunes out of illegal immigrants, political asylum seekers, economic refugees and ordinary people desperate for a peaceful life.Much of that business begins here around the jewelry shops of Chicken Street in Kabul,....

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