Tag Archives: human trafficking

THREATS DELIVER ASYLUM SEEKERS – Tuesday July 9 2013

– The Indonesian Navy had planned to meet a merchant ship carrying a group of asylum seekers who threatened self-harm to convince the crew to take them to Christmas Island. New details of the drama on the MV Sichem Hawk, … Continue reading

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SEX CHARGES: BAIL HEARING ADJOURNED – Saturday July 6 2013

– Every Friday, an organised crime syndicate that provided sex workers illegally for Melbourne brothels held a business meeting, police allege. This week, the alleged members of the group met in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, where they faced charges laid … Continue reading

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SEX TALLY AT BROTHELS – Saturday July 6 2013

– The alleged head of a syndicate accused of recruiting women from Southeast Asia to work in four Melbourne brothels set performance targets for the women while she lived an extravagant lifestyle, Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard. Mae Ja Kim, … Continue reading

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POLICE ARREST ‘BROTHEL SYNDICATE’ MEMBERS IN RAIDS ACROSS CITY – Wednesday July 3 2013

– Members of a syndicate alleged to be illegally managing more than 100 sex workers at brothels across Melbourne have been arrested in raids by federal and Victoria Police. Police swooped on addresses across the city on Tuesday, arresting five … Continue reading

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POLICE ARREST IRANIAN PEOPLE SMUGGLER – Tuesday May 21 2013

– Indonesian police have arrested another alleged people smuggler as part of the most concerted effort in years to catch and lock up those who transport refugees by boat to Australia. Alleged Iranian smuggling kingpin Mohammad Hadi, also known as … Continue reading

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PEOPLE-SMUGGLING TASKFORCE CUT – Saturday May 18 2013

– The federal government is cutting by 40% the Australian Federal Police contingent in Jakarta which focuses on people smuggling, as a record number of refugees continue to leave Indonesia to come to Australia. The cut from July 1st comes … Continue reading

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ACCUSED PEOPLE SMUGGLER ‘WAS AFP INFORMER’ – Thursday May 16 2013

– The alleged people-smuggling boss Sayed Abbas, wanted in Australia on several charges, claims he was a police informer before being abandoned by his handlers. Mr Abbas is fighting his extradition from Indonesia to Australia, where authorities want to prosecute … Continue reading

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BROTHEL KEY TO HIDDEN TRAFFICKING – Friday May 10 2013

– Police say that illegal brothels are the key to uncovering the hidden problem of human trafficking in Victoria. Victoria Police started its Sex Industry Coordination Unit last year to identify illegal activity in the sex industry, with most victims … Continue reading

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SPYING ROW WITH JAKARTA MAY WEAKEN AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE

– Counter-terrorism and border security sources say the standoff over spying could have a serious impact on operations if the row isn’t resolved and Indonesia stands firm on its threat to downgrade cooperation. While there remains some doubt about the … Continue reading

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MINISTER TO LOOK INTO CAMP CLAIM – Thursday February 7 2013

– New Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor will examine allegations by a veteran nurse of appalling conditions, including a series of suicide attempts and gang rapes, at the Nauru detention centre. Mr O’Conner, sworn into the role this week, said he … Continue reading

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