Il­le­gal work­ers de­tained

The Cobram Courier - - ANZAC DAY 2018 -

Eleven il­le­gal for­eign work­ers were re­cently de­tained in Co­bram af­ter an Aus­tralian Bor­der Force op­er­a­tion in the area.

The ABF at­tended sev­eral busi­ness and res­i­den­tial ad­dresses on April 23, tar­get­ing in­di­vid­u­als al­legedly en­gaged in and fa­cil­i­tat­ing il­le­gal labour.

Of the 11 de­tained, three were al­legedly or­gan­is­ing the il­le­gal work.

The ABF said investigations were con­tin­u­ing and could re­sult in penal­ties against those ac­cused of fa­cil­i­tat­ing the il­le­gal work.

An ABF spokesper­son said the peo­ple de­tained would be re­moved from Aus­tralia as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘Il­le­gal work re­mains a high pri­or­ity for the ABF with in­tel­li­gence-in­formed op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­ity on­go­ing across ur­ban, ru­ral and re­mote lo­ca­tions across Aus­tralia,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘This ac­tiv­ity is tar­geted at high-risk in­dus­tries in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.’’

Any­one who is aware of an in­di­vid­ual, busi­ness or em­ployer who might be fa­cil­i­tat­ing visa fraud or il­le­gal work is urged to con­tact Bor­der Watch by vis­it­ing aus­tralia.gov.au/bor­der­watch

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