People smugglers operating in Australia were charging asylum seekers up to $10,000 to be smuggled into Australia, according to reports from criminal justice programs.
In 2012, police identified 278 boats that was carrying asylum seekers and operated by people smugglers. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 196 boats were identified by police.
Data from various criminal justice programs across the country found that most of the people paying smugglers to be brought into Australia originate from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Source: “Arrests over people-smuggling in Australia,” Al Jazeera, August 29, 2013.