Confessions Of A People Smuggler

Author: Dawood Amiri
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 192511337X
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Confessions Of A People Smuggler. Dawood Amiri is an ethnic Hazara who, as a young man, made the fateful decision to flee the terror being inflicted on his people, and seek asylum in Australia. He arrived in Indonesia in 2010, but was eventually captured when he was about to board a boat headed for Christmas Island. After a long stint in detention, where immigration processes failed to help him, he escaped and began working for people-smugglers to aid his fellow asylum-seekers, and to raise money for his own passage to Australia. Amiri was eventually arrested as a people-smuggler himself, after having helped gather passengers for a boat that was recklessly overloaded by his bosses and sank en route to Christmas Island, with the loss of 96 lives. Among the dead were two of Amiri’s best friends; that day, he ‘swore at God’. He was sentenced to six years’ jail in Jakarta’s Cipinang prison, while the kingpins, at the time, remained free. A revelatory tale of compassion, love, sacrifice, and survival, Confessions of a People-Smuggler is a surprising insight into the desperation of asylum-seekers and the economics of the highly organised people-smuggling industry, as well as the corruption that has enabled it.


Author: Brian O'Dea
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307375501
Size: 74.71 MB
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High. How a privileged son of Newfoundland became one of the world’s most efficient marijuana traffickers – and then gave it all up. An intriguing ad ran in the Employment Wanted section of a Toronto newspaper in February 2001: FORMER MARIJUANA SMUGGLER Having successfully completed a ten-year sentence, incident free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family. Business experience: Owned and operated a successful fishing business -- multi-vessel, one airplane, one island and processing facility. Simultaneously owned and operated a fleet of tractor-trailer trucks conducting business in the western United States. During this time I also participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successful pot-smuggling venture with revenues in excess of $100-million US annually... Among the advertiser’s references was the US district attorney who was responsible for his arrest in 1990 and who had reminded the trial judge that the offence could carry the death penalty. The ad made news around the world and also captured the resilient spirit of Brian O’Dea, a remarkable man who, even in his darkest hours of addiction and criminality, never lost the love of family and friends. The O’Dea family is well known in government and legal circles in Newfoundland. But the family’s prominence could not protect their middle son from sexual abuse at the hands of priests. Brian became the black sheep, and turned to drugs in his late teens for the money, for the excitement, and for an escape from himself. Twenty-five years later, when the cops finally knocked on his door at the end of a massive DEA investigation, he had given up the trade and was a recovered cocaine addict working as a drug addiction counsellor in Santa Barbara. He had finally begun to understand how he had ended up in the drug world. He was tried and sentenced to ten years to be served at Terminal Island federal prison in Los Angeles Harbor. High interweaves extracts of his prison diary – perceptive, funny and alarming all at once – with the vivid recounting of his outlaw years and the dawning recognition of those things in his life that were worth living for. From the Hardcover edition.

The People Smuggler

Author: de Crespigny Robin
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857961780
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The People Smuggler. At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this is one man's epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world. When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring. Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune even romance and heartbreak Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become. With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position. 'this is a story that had to be told.' The Weekend Australian 'An engrossing account of a man seen by some as a saviour and others as a criminal. A significant book.' Thomas Keneally 'Gripping.' The Age 'Tight, powerful and extraordinarily well written a book which glories in the strength, courage and compassion of the human spirit.' The Drum 'Just mindblowing a moving saga of endurance and bravery.' The Australian Way (Qantas Magazine) 'A totally riveting story about a brave and honourable man. Passionate, vivid and true, it bounces off the page.' Rosie Scott

Troubled Transit

Author: Antje Missbach
ISBN: 9814620564
Size: 49.22 MB
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Troubled Transit. Troubled Transit considers the situation of asylum seekers stuck in limbo in Indonesia from a number of perspectives. It presents not only the narratives of many transit migrants but also the perceptions of Indonesian authorities and of representatives of international and non-government organizations responsible for the care of transiting asylum seekers. Fascinated by the extraordinary and seemingly limitless resilience shown by asylum seekers during their often lengthy and dangerous journeys, the author highlights one particular fragment of their journeys — their time in Indonesia, which many expect to be the last stepping stone to a new life. While they long for their new life to unfold, most asylum seekers become embroiled in the complexities of living in transit. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, is more than a location where people spend time waiting; it is a nation state that interacts with transiting asylum seekers and formulates policies that have a profound impact on their experience in transit there. Troubled Transit tries to explain the complexities faced by the transiting migrants within the context of the Indonesian government and its political challenges, including its relationship with Australia. The Australia-centric view of recent asylum seeker issues has tended to ignore the larger socio-political context of the migratory routes and the perspectives of transit states towards asylum seekers stuck in transit. This book hopes to direct the Australia-centric gaze northwards to take Indonesian policies and policymaking into account, thereby giving Indonesia more relevance as a transit country and as an important partner in regional protection schemes and migration management. Even though some Indonesian policies and practices are less than favourable for asylum seekers, and even reprehensible from a human rights perspective, more attention must be paid to ongoing developments that impact on transiting asylum seekers in Indonesia if any of the hardships they suffer there are to be alleviated.


Author: Don Henry Ford
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780938317852
Size: 26.98 MB
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Contrabando. Don Ford describes his seven years smuggling marijuana from Mexico across the Rio Grande.

Tortillas And Peanut Butter

Author: Linda Sonna
ISBN: 9781619720329
Size: 73.91 MB
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Tortillas And Peanut Butter. This funny coming-of-age memoir recounts how an everyday housewife liberates herself from her suburban cage and flees to Mexico to pursue her dream of living as a hot tamale. While battling the cultural quirks that send less hearty souls racing back to the U.S., she struggles to learn Spanish, run a household, and build a school. To smuggle her kids and contraband back and forth across the border, she uses her gutsy grit, wily wit, and gift for gracious gab when tangling with officials. When all else fails, she offers bizarre bribes to help convince them to look the other way.

Asylum Policy Boat People And Political Discourse

Author: Irial Glynn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137517336
Size: 55.69 MB
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Asylum Policy Boat People And Political Discourse. This book compares the policies of Australia and Italy towards boat people who have arrived in the two countries since the early 1990s. While the regular and varied inflow of immigrants arriving at national airports, ferry terminals and train stations is seldom witnessed by the public, the arrival of boat people is often played out in the media and consequently attracts disproportionate political and public attention. Both Australia and Italy faced similar dilemmas, but the nature of political debate on the issue, the types of strategies introduced, and the effects that policy changes had on boat people diverged considerably. This book argues that contrasting migration path dependencies, disparate political values within the Left, and varying international obligations best explain the different approaches taken by the two countries to boat people.

Forty Years Catching Smugglers

Author: Malcolm G Nelson
Publisher: Dolman Scott Publishing (PublishDrive)
ISBN: 1905553676
Size: 64.22 MB
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Forty Years Catching Smugglers. In Pursuit of the Two Legged Mule is the true story of the war waged by Officers of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise at Heathrow Airport against the international drug smuggler. The smuggler, or mule, as he or she was generally known, was devious and determined, but so were the Customs Officers. The book shows how the officers kept up with the ever changing methods of concealments, how they learnt to adapt to each new challenge. For example when internal concealments, swallowers, appeared on the scene, the immediate dilemma was. “Just how do we retrieve the packages of drugs?” The story is told from the viewpoint of the officer in the Terminals or on the Tarmac areas at Heathrow. It shows them as just normal people, with everyday problems, carrying out a difficult job. It explains the thought processes that lead to an interception and an arrest. It is told with the same high degree of humour that was displayed by the officers as they carried out their arduous and sometimes dangerous duties.


Author: C. A. Heifner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762787104
Size: 57.23 MB
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Mule. Meet Chris Heifner, overachieving drug runner for a Mexican marijuana cartel. But he wasn’t always. This one-time econ student from Texas—broke, deep in debt, and facing eviction with a growing family to support—yielded to the temptation that he had resisted countless times before and went to work for his best friend from college, Jake Andes. But it wasn’t exactly a Career Day kind of job. Andes was a big-time dealer, captaining a $25-million-a-year empire. Heifner became a mule, running multi-hundred-pound loads from Juárez around the country. After digging himself out of his financial hole, Heifner contemplated going clean. But the money and the lifestyle had hooked him, so he kept moving loads. He was so good that Andes was grooming him to become his second-in-command. And then Heifner got busted with $300,000 worth of dope in a rental car, and his world came crashing down. After bailing out of jail, Heifner went home for a much-needed shower. He emerged to find Andes and a hit man hired to kill him and his family should he decide to narc. Heifner realized that he had only one option: to flip and become an informant for the DEA. That’s when life got really dangerous.

Ballad Of The Whiskey Robber

Author: Julian Rubinstein
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848548265
Size: 41.39 MB
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Ballad Of The Whiskey Robber. What do you get when you add together a bottle of whiskey, a bad gambler, a flea-market wig, a plastic gun and a Hungarian bank? $5,900. And what do you get twenty-nine of these robberies later? The legend of the Whiskey Robber. When the Eastern bloc thawed, some extraordinary stories were revealed. But none is as entertaining as this. Attila Ambrus escaped late-eighties Romania for Hungary - but soon found that living on his wits wasn't getting him very far. Becoming goalie for a third-division ice hockey team brought no fortune and little glory, and his procession of moneymaking ruses fared little better - until he discovered robbery. With a supporting cast of car-wash owners, exotic dancers, drunk army generals and cocaine-snorting Hungarian rappers, Julian Rubinstein's tale is a spectacular debut, immortalizing the most charming outlaw since the Sundance Kid.