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Human trafficking a big concern for the region: expert

Human trafficking a big concern for the region: expert

SINGAPORE: Human trafficking is a big concern in Southeast Asia; and Singapore, despite its tight security, proved unexempt in the recent case of two auxiliary police officers who were jailed for their role in human trafficking. Two former auxiliary police allowed travellers with fake passports, to board flights out of Singapore late last year. The mastermind was a Sri Lankan "travel agent", who is said to be part of a wider human smuggling network. A security expert has warned that human trafficking is big business for organised crime networks in Southeast Asia. Agents can earn up to US$40,000 for each illegal migrant who uses this region as a transit point to go to western countries. Observers said thousands of migrants, use the region as the transit point to Australia, Europe and Canada. Most traffickers are believed to come from South Asia, who are looking for a better...

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