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Human smuggling: crime or service?

The most desperate migrants seek help from smugglers and attract global sympathy, posing a dilemma for governments.

While globally around 50 million people are estimated to be unauthorised migrants, many were not smuggled, but simply overstayed short-term visas.

New York

SMUGGLING is a ruthless crime for governments, but for millions of people it's regarded as an invaluable service. More than a decade ago, governments collectively adopted an international protocol to prevent and combat smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air. Nevertheless,...

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