Human Smuggling Drowning Deaths in Australia

Between 2001 and 2012, at least 1,000 people have died by drowning in the waters between Indonesia and Australia as they were attempting to be smuggled into Australia to receive asylum.

Human smuggling activities is active in the waters off of Australia due to its asylum policy. In 2012, law enforcement officers in Australia broke up 65 human smuggling operations involving 2,900 people.

Source:  Peter Hirschberg, “Australia in Sri Lanka Talks to Curb People Smuggling, Carr Says,” Bloomberg, December 16, 2012.