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  • Dec 26, 2014
  • Updated: 1:46am

People smuggling

13 dead, dozens missing as boat sinks en route to Australia

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said aerial surveillance of a debris field of wood and life-jackets had spotted 13 bodies and a full-scale hunt was under way for survivors.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 11:18am

Google Maps leads abducted Chinese boy home to family 23 years later

Luo is reunited with his parents 23 years after being abducted to Fujian. Photo: screenshot via nhaidu.com

A Sichuan man, abducted and taken to Fujian province at the age of five, has finally found his way home after spending years trying to work out where he came from. And he says he could not have done it without the help of Google Maps, Fujian’s news portal nhaidu.com reports. 

17 May 2013 - 4:09pm 1 comment

Indonesia jails Australian, Pakistani people smugglers

A group of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers arrive aboard an Indonesian police boat in the port of Banten in October. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian court jailed an Australian and a Pakistani for six years each after the men were caught organising an asylum-seeker boat to Australia, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

Ali Qaseem, a 57-year-old from Sydney described by prosecutors as part of an “international people-smuggling network”, and Pakistani Sadaat Ali were also fined 500 million rupiah (HK$400,000) each.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am