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Tuesday, October 30 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Big Business of Human Smuggling/Trafficking

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In some African, Asian and Central American countries, smuggling services  are freely touted on the streets, luring customers the way agents at popular tourist destinations sell sailing or snorkeling excursions. The hawkers then drop potential customers off with the salesmen, who pitch them a smuggling route in a backroom somewhere.
The increased criminality and corruption in the human-smuggling business has blurred the line between voluntary smuggling and involuntary trafficking.
But smugglers have become more of a necessity as the trip to Europe or the United States has become more dangerous. That’s not just because of law enforcement but organized crime syndicates that have come to view migrants as a diversified income source to augment their earnings from drug trafficking, theft and protection rackets.
This session offers tips, techniques and suggested sources for investigating the shadowy syndicates behind smuggling networks. 

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Juliana Francis

Crime Editor, New Telegraph, Nigeria
I seriously enjoy issues that have to do with child abuse and domestic violence. I enjoy discussions that have to do with youth advocacy. I enjoy conversations that centres on restructuring of police and pushing for better force void of extrajudicial killings, torture and extortion... Read More →
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Inna Lazareva

Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, UK/Cameroon
Inna Lazareva is a British journalist and Africa Correspondent with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Based in Cameroon, Inna covers humanitarian, resilience, trafficking and other issues across the African continent. Together with European and African colleagues, she has worked on... Read More →
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Ron Nixon

Homeland Security Correspondent, New York Times, USA
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, and violent extremism. Mr. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw combat... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm SAST
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor