Saturday, March 13, 2010

Australia Criticizes Human Smugglers Who Put Asylum Seekers Lives at Risk

"32 asylum seekers rescued off Australian coast"
March 12, 2010

"Australia rescued 32 people seeking asylum this week after spotting them floating on boats off the country's northwest coast.

The asylum seekers were spotted on two different boats Thursday sailing near the Tiwi Islands, the Australian Ministry of Home Affairs said. The group said they wanted to come to Australia.

The two separate rescues highlights the problem of smugglers taking asylum seekers on these dangerous trips, Australian officials said.

'People smuggling is a deplorable act with organizers putting innocent people's lives at risk. The Australian government is pleased that the group is safe,' said Brendan O' Connor, minister for home affairs.

Australian officials did not say what country the asylum seekers were from. In the past, Australian officials have strongly criticized human traffickers."

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