Monday 4 June at 8.30pm on ABC1
In the 2010 program “Smugglers’ Paradise” Four Corners exposed the people smugglers operating out of Indonesia. Now reporter Sarah Ferguson tells how those same individuals were involved in the death of 97 people at sea.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called people smugglers “the scum of the earth”. This program reveals how many of them have made their way to Australia posing as asylum seekers and have persuaded the government to grant them refugee status and residency. Now they ply their lucrative and sometimes lethal trade, whilst living on taxpayers’ money.
What Four Corners discovers is shocking and calls into question the entire refugee assessment process.
How did they get here and how can they operate their criminal network with impunity right under the nose of police and immigration authorities?