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6 people arrested in India after the discovery of 4 bodies at the border in Canada

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Indian police representative AK Jhala told Reuters news agency that six people who ran a travel and tourism business were arrested in Gujarat state.

We are now trying to catch the human traffickers who managed to send this family [NDLR : les quatre morts dont les autorités canadiennes n’ont pas dévoilé l’identité] and others abroad through illegal means, says Mr Jhala, who is in the state capital, Gandhinagar.

Gujarat Police Director General Ashish Bhatia says investigators are trying to determine whether the travel agent who helped the group was in Canada or India.

It is very clear that these people traveled to Canada and were trying to enter the United States illegally, he said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered the bodies of a man, woman, baby and teenage boy last week near Emerson, Manitoba, just yards from the US border. United.

Police suspect the group attempted to cross the border during a snowstorm when the weather was freezing.

Investigators believe the deaths are related to human smuggling.

US authorities say seven people who were part of the same group managed to cross the border. Two were discovered in the vehicle of a US citizen, who now faces charges. The others were found a little further away.

Steve Shand in front of light machines.

Steve Shand, arrested in the United States and charged with human smuggling, was released on Monday.

Picture: Facebook

Steve Shand, of Deltona, Florida, is accused of smuggling migrants across the Canada-US border. He was released on conditions on Monday.

A matter of money

The Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Investigations into the Illegal Movement of People, Jamie Holt, wants to convey the sad reality of human smuggling.

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Many traffickers will falsely claim that it is safe and easy to cross illegally, he says.

Traffickers have a very specific way of doing things. It’s a business for them. It’s about money, not people.

According to US court documents, one of those arrested in the US, a man, told officers his group had been walking in the cold for 11 hours. A woman was hospitalized and had to have part of a hand amputated.

The man said he had paid a considerable sum to obtain a fake student visa in Canada and that he wanted to join a relative in Chicago, according to the documents.

Criminologist from the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Yvon Dandurand explains that people turn to smugglers because they would not obtain legal status. The legal process can also take years.

Eight migrants attempt to enter Canada by crossing a railway line.

Early in the morning in February 2017, migrants enter Canada illegally from the United States using this rail line to reach the town of Emerson, Manitoba. (archives)

Photo: The Canadian Press/JOHN WOODS

People migrate for two main reasons, continues the criminologist: to find a better economic situation and to find their family.

Mr. Dandurand indicates that some smugglers claim from $12,600 to $63,000 per person (US$10,000 to $50,000).

Networks can be made up of 5 to 10 people located in different countries, he continues.

They make a lot of money on people’s desperation and sometimes ignorance, adds Yvon Dandurand, who has been studying human smuggling for 25 years.

brutal deaths

A Canadian immigration lawyer who works with asylum seekers in California, Deepak Ahluwalia, says the Emerson border crossing is frequented by smugglers and migrants who know its isolation makes it difficult access for patrols.

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Deepak Ahluwalia says she has helped many Indian asylum seekers who arrived in the United States through Canada. She adds that migrants are often deceived in Canada, with promises of false documents.

When migrants have paid their smuggler, they normally receive general instructions, the lawyer says.

In this case, I don’t know anyone who could be sane and tell them to go on this journey, knowing that the mother had a baby in her arms., continues Deepak Ahluwalia.

It’s really sad that four people died, and that they died so brutally and tragically.

With information from Reuters

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