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Migrant Smuggling: Background and Selected Issues [December 20, 2021]   [open pdf - 535KB]

From the Document: "Migrant smuggling, also known as human smuggling, refers to the voluntary transportation of an individual across international borders, in violation of one or more countries' laws. Smugglers facilitate migrant travel, typically in exchange for payment, sometimes using fraudulent identity documents and covert transit. While smuggled migrants 'agree' to be smuggled--a condition that distinguishes the practice from human trafficking--they may be vulnerable to abuse by their smuggler or later become a trafficking victim. Various United Nations (U.N.) sources cite estimates that globally, migrant smuggling totals $7-$10 billion a year or more, but the full extent of the problem is not known. Through oversight hearings and proposed legislation, Congress has sought more information on migrant smuggling and on ways to deter and punish smugglers."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF12003
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2021-12-20
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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