Australia in Human Trafficking Scandal?

By June 27, 2015 Article, Technology No Comments

Australian authorities are battling a human trafficking scandal, as its Navy is accused of paying off human traffickers to turn back their boats.

Reports from a United Nations official point to the possibility that Australian authorities may have paid off smugglers they had intercepted at sea, so that they would turn a boat of migrants around back to Indonesia. The allegations are said to have stemmed from accounts given by migrants to Indonesian authorities. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations. If found to be true, Australia could in some sense be considered as being involved in a human smuggling type of activity, in that they provided funds to smugglers to take people from one place to another.

This is not be the first time Australia’s immigration policies and alleged procedures have faced criticism; the government is determined to keep migrant boats away, and has even kept offshore detention centers as a deterrent from other irregular migrants attempting to reach Australia.

Aside from human rights groups, Australia is also facing demands for answers from the Indonesian government, which is “really concerned” with the claims.

Kemplon Engineering, as a long-term provider of engineering services to the marine and industrial communities, is concerned with irregular human migration, one of the most pressing issues of our time and a phenomenon that impacts the maritime industry. Like the clientele we serve, we have a great love and respect for our world’s waters. The wide expanse of oceans have witnessed humanity’s best and worst – from the engineering marvels that have allowed us to explore, trade and connect, to our bravery, heroism and drive for survival. The oceans, however, have also seen us in conflict and war, in environmental exploitation, as well as in human greed and tragedy.

The humanitarian crisis facing hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from all over the world taking to the waters in overcrowded or un-seaworthy vessels in pursuit of a better life in foreign shores is, all too often, prey to tragic outcomes. At the same time, there is no easy solution. It is our sincere hope that the crisis somehow manages to still bring out the best in all of us, through cooperation and coordination among governments, creative and effective solutions, and of course, compassion for one another.

Check our blog regularly for updates on this and other important maritime issues of the day. To learn more about Kemplon and the wide range of marine and industrial engineering services we provide (such as welding and fabrication, precision machining, pipe fitting, laser cutting and more), explore our website, or get in touch with us at info@kemplon.com, or by phone at (877) 522-6526. We have been providing marine and industrial engineering services, on time and on budget, since 2005, and we look forward to working with you on your projects.

References

“Human Traffickers Claim Australian Navy Pay-Off.” The Maritime Executive, 14 Jun 2015. Web. 21 Jun 2015. http://maritime-executive.com/article/human-traffickers-claim-australian-navy-pay-off

“Indonesia seeks answers on claims Australian navy paid people smugglers.” The Guardian, 13 Jun 2015. Web. 21 Jun 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/13/indonesia-seeks-answers-on-claims-australia-paid-traffickers-to-turn-back

Innis, Michelle. “Australian Leader Is Pressed on Whether Migrant Smugglers Were Paid to Turn Back.” The New York Times, 13 Jun 2015. Web. 21 Jun 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/world/asia/australia-tony-abbott-pressed-on-smugglers-paid-to-turn-back.html?_r=2

Pearlman, Jonathan. “Australian spies have paid off people smugglers for years in ‘state bribery’.” The Telegraph, 16 Jun 2015. Web. 21 Jun 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11677489/Australian-spies-have-paid-off-people-smugglers-for-years-in-state-bribery.html

Stout, David. “Indonesian Officials Offer ‘Proof’ That Australia Bribed Human Traffickers.” Time, 16 Jun 2015. Web. 21 Jun 2015. http://time.com/3922433/indonesia-australia-human-trafficking/