People smuggling has become a major problem for European nations as illegal immigrants flood their countries.

Kurds from Iraq, Albanians 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.

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