Boat people: A complicated problem

People smuggling is big business. Unscrupulous thugs prey on people's fears of persecution or desire for a better life. Charging up to $45,000 per person (an astronomical sum in countries where people may be making only $2 a day) people get into rickety boats to make a perilous journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Keith Martin
Published: Wednesday, 08/18/2010 12:00 am EDT

People smuggling is big business. Unscrupulous thugs prey on people's fears of persecution or desire for a better life. Charging up to $45,000 per person (an astronomical sum in countries where people may be making only $2 a day) people get into rickety boats to make a perilous journey across the Pacific Ocean.

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