by Anna K. Poole
Posted 6/16/15, 04:15 pm
The seas of Southeast Asia are still churning with migrants stranded on boats, and despite the regional crackdown on human trafficking, opportunists abound.
Last week, police from Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province detained the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 passengers from Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including children and a pregnant woman. In addition to human cargo, the boat’s crew was carrying $30,000 in cash. The group, originally headed toward New Zealand, told police Australia’s navy intercepted and paid them to return to Indonesia.