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Call to stem influx of illegal aliens

PROSECUTORS in Fengxian District are calling for stiffer punishments in a bid to stem the flow of illegal foreign workers into the country.

In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of aliens arriving from Vietnam, many of whom accessed China via the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which shares a land border with the Southeast Asian nation, prosecutors said.

In Guangxi, people in search of work can often find all the help — and fake documentation — they need to land a job at a factory in the Yangtze or Pearl River Delta regions, they said.

In April, a 23-year-old Vietnamese man known as A Zhong was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,800) for helping 53 of his countrymen to enter Shanghai via Nanning City in Guangxi between April 2012 and May 2013.

When he has completed his sentence he will be expelled from the country.

A Zhong, who was assisted by a Chinese man called Li Yong, charged the immigrants almost 2,000 yuan apiece to enter China, prosecutors said.

He also helped 24 of them to find jobs in factories in suburban areas of Shanghai, for which he charged an additional 200 yuan per person.

Prosecutors complained that the criminal fraternity was effectively providing a one-stop service for illegal immigrants, and in doing so was undermining the labor market, as the foreign workers are paid just a third of the normal wage.

Despite the potential benefits to the illegal workers, their agents and employers, the penalties for breaking the law are too low, the prosecutors said.

Illegal immigrants face only the threat of expulsion from the country, while employers can be fined up to a maximum of 50,000 yuan, they said.

Stiffer penalties and better enforcement are needed to deter potential offenders, the prosecutors said.


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