From the preview we read:
In Part One, we identify for the first time the members of the smuggling network believed to be behind the migrant ships. We expose how they operate and meet one of the suspects in a Bangkok prison.
In Part Two, we reveal the untold story of the Canadians whose names and photos appear in Thai police files in connection with the Sun Sea smuggling operation.
In Part Three, we introduce readers to the Canadian and Thai police officials trying to stop the smugglers.
And in Part Four we shine a light on the dark side of Canada’s anti-human smuggling program: the hundreds of migrants who have been rounded up and held in an overcrowded Thai prison.
Part One and Part Four have two parts to them that I linked to so make sure you don't miss that. So, in total there are about six article in the series.
Related, we have this sob story from the Globe and Mail. Apparently some of the smuggled Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived on the MV Sun Sea are upset that they may be forced to sell their belongings and land holdings back home in Sri Lanka in order to pay off the smugglers. And somehow this is Canada's fault.
Lawyers for some of the MV Sun Sea migrants say federal immigration rules have forced their clients to sell their belongings and family land so they can pay off smugglers and be released from detention.
“It’s become this weird perversion of the law where we’re forcing people to pay these debts,” said Gabriel Chand, who represents some of the 492 Sri Lankan Tamils who arrived on the cargo ship last August. “They’re selling their land, their jewelry, so that they can pay these debts so they can be released from custody.”
He said the migrants he represents are not under the smugglers’ control. In fact, he said, they have no intention of paying the smugglers.
Two things to take note of.
The first is that these "refugees" have property and jewellery in their home country of Sri Lanka. I guess the "persecution" they were suffering from in Sri Lanka didn't stop them from amassing a considerable amount or wealth.
The second thing is that, according to their parasite lawyer, the migrants have no intention of paying the smugglers. I can see why he would say that. Paying the smugglers would amount to an admission of guilt to being party to a human smuggling operation which is a federal offense. I guess they intended to flip the bird to the smugglers once on Canadian soil and protected by Canadian law. But if forced to pay then how would they do it? From the article Jason Kenney has the following answer:
“They’re not paying that off while they’re in detention; they’re paying it off after they’re released from detention. They’re then in contact with the smuggling syndicate’s representative, usually in the Toronto area, and according to information I was given by the Australian Federal Police, they’re often pressed into criminal service in areas like credit-card fraud.”
This whole thing is worthy of David Mamet's pen. We have cheaters cheating cheaters. If not that then Canadians are the victims of fraud on several levels so that the migrants can keep their property at home while stealing from ours. Any way you look at it someone is getting screwed.
ImmigrationWatchCanada has this to add from their forum:
These "refugees" claim they are being persecuted and are forced to flee by any means necessary (bypassing numerous closer countries) all the way to Canada and once here, it turns out that they have land and other assets to sell in order to pay off their smugglers? Why didn't they simply sell the land and flee to, say, India or Vietnam or Laos or Cambodia or Indonesia, or ... (you get the idea)? Showing up at the border of these countries with some cash in hand will likely gain you an automatic entry as an economic immigrant. Instead, they paid smugglers to get them into Canada where, it would seem, they expected they wouldn't have to sell their land or jewelry in order to remain here. I am speculating, but it would seem that keeping their land in Sri Lanka would make perfect sense if they expected a quick and easy refugee claim and wanted a familiar place to relax and recharge during a Canadian winter.
We should be mindful of the alleged "Canadians" involved here. These are Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants who had to take a loyalty oath to Canada in order to obtain citizenship. It appears to these men the oath is just words on paper and not to be taken seriously. But with official multiculturalism and a ragging sense of entitlement that seems prerequisite to immigrate to Canada, should have we expected more from them? Odds are they are "refugee" claimants from Sri Lankan, like the vast majority of Sri Lankans in Canada, and this is their idea of repaying the country that gave them asylum. With such low expectations from our immigrants with a selection criteria of even lower standards these are the kind of people we attract: the best and the brightest.
The whole thing stinks and the frustrating part about is that there is little we can do about it thanks to the Singh decision. Rubbing salt in the wound is an asylum system that has been fashioned to pretty much keep people here. Aside from some cosmetic solutions there has been no discussion at seriously attacking the problem by addressing the root of it. As long as the Singh decision stands unchallenged Canada will remain a top destination for human smuggling. This makes Canada complicit to the crime while encouraging it. There are more efficient ways to address the needs of refugees. The Singh decision is not one of them.