Worker scam exposed

Andrew Rule; 10/10/09

An underground network of labour agents is procuring illegal workers in Asia and India to supply Australia’s growing blackmarket for contract labour. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has confirmed that investigators have pinpointed foreign agents who collude with ”gang master” labour contractors and corrupt migration agents in Australia to evade tough new migration laws. ”These people exploit often vulnerable individuals in a criminal manner,” Immigration spokesman Sandi Logan told The Age. He said authorities took ”this very seriously” but were powerless to prevent ”offshore agents” preying on gullible or desperate people in their own countries – notably India and China. Agents in China levy spotters’ fees to procure workers for labour hire contractors who then bribe migration agents to prepare bogus refugee claims or otherwise misuse the Migration Act to delay the workers’ deportation.