Hong Kong Smashes Human Smuggling Ring

By Dialogo
April 08, 2013

Hong Kong officials said on April 5, they had smashed a syndicate that used fake documents to smuggle people from Mainland China into Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Australia.

The immigration department said 28 arrests were made in a joint operation with Mainland Chinese authorities that ended on April 5, adding that the ring had smuggled some 50 people since 2011.

“During this eight-day operation, we have succeeded in neutralizing an international human smuggling syndicate,” the immigration department’s assistant director, William Fung, told a press conference.

At least half of those arrested were residents of Hong Kong, according to Fung.

Illegal migrants paid the syndicate US$32,250 to leave China through Hong Kong or the southern city of Shenzhen, before they travelled to intermediary countries in the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

They then used fake documents to get to their final destination in search of jobs.

In 2009, Hong Kong Police destroyed a vice syndicate suspected of trafficking women from the Philippines and luring them into prostitution in the southern Chinese capital.