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Australia dodges allegations of bribing human traffickers

Southeast Asia
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.

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Human trafficking thrives in Thailand

Human Trafficking
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 5/06/15, 11:00 am

Its national image marred by a reputation for rampant human trafficking, Thailand is entangled in another scandal. Tuesday, just days after the grim discovery of a camp entombing 26 corpses in shallow graves, a team of officers, reporters, and camera crews trekked Khao Kheow mountain, dismantling eight huts along the Thai-Malaysian border with rumored links to a human-trafficking network.

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Globe Trot: Israeli PM dissolves government, readies for elections

by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/03/14, 10:15 am

ISRAEL:Saying he won’t “tolerate opposition from within the government,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two key cabinet ministers, a move that dissolves his coalition government and sets the stage for new elections early next year.

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