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Human smuggling and trafficking big business in Canada

posted Apr 21, 2012, 3:14 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 3:14 PM ]
Smugglers said to have helped more than 10 per cent of illegal immigrants
By Ian Johnson, CBC News
Posted: Mar 29, 2012 5:20 AM ET
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2012 5:44 PM ET

Although it's not yet clear whether the March 27 fatal capsizing of a yacht off the coast of Nova Scotia was a failed attempt to smuggle illegal immigrants into Canada, there is no doubt that human smuggling is a booming business and Canada a favoured destination for migrants and refugees of all kinds.

While most arrive in Canada legally, there are others who try to take shortcuts around the country's immigration system using human smugglers.

The United Nations estimates that human smuggling is currently one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide.

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