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Organised crime and people smuggling / trafficking to Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 208

Rebecca Tailby
ISBN 0 642 2423 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2001


Within Australian law enforcement agencies, the crime of people smuggling receives more attention than that of people trafficking, which may be for purposes of sexual servitude. Increasingly, organised crime groups are being implicated in the smuggling and trafficking of persons around the globe. This paper discusses recent changes in Australian law relating to these offences, reviews the evidence on those responsible, and evaluates the involvement of organised crime in these activities.