has become a major problem for European nations
as illegal immigrants
flood their countries.
and other Balkan
peoples from the former Yugoslavia
as well the Chinese some examples of those willing to pay to be smuggled.
Ther have been examples of freighers found with their holds full of Chinese in New York
. Or as recently was the case, some 900 Kurdish
women, men and children were found off the coast of the French Riviera
. Their boat having been beached and abandoned, they had survived on bread and water
in horrific conditions for the several days they had been on board during their voyage from Turkey
There are advanced mafia networks with acess to freighters, speed boats and other equipment that sometimes charge thousands of dollars a head to transport immigrants. They are also often involved with cigarette smuggling
and prostitution rackets.