The Price of Freedom

Immigration laws are fueling a lucrative black market in human cargo

Shortly before midnight on April 7, a chartered Boeing 707 took off from the Dominican Republic, bound for Montreal. Inside the cabin rode 47 Chinese, all of them sitting comfortably in the first-class section. The cockpit crew thought they were VIPs, but as soon as the plane was in the air, the passengers began shredding the fake British Hong Kong passports that had got them this far and took turns flushing the illegal documents down the toilets. Upon arrival, the passengers -- mainland Chinese citizens who had paid as much as $20,000 each for their journey to freedom -- pleaded for...

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