Thirty two Chinese men have been found within two cargo containers at the Los Angeles port. The men had survived a 2 week journey from Hong Kong. The
containers were equipped with supplies and ventilation. All were reported in good health by port authorities. One of the men indicated that he had
payed $3000 U.S. for the trip.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Thirty-two Chinese stowaways were found in two cargo containers in Los Angeles after surviving a nearly two-week ocean journey
from Hong Kong, officials said.
The 32 would-be illegal immigrants were taken into custody on Saturday after a crane operator in Los Angeles port spotted three men climbing out of a
hole cut in the side of a container, police said.
The containers with the men inside were loaded onto the ship two weeks ago in Shekou, China, police said. The men were in good health, officials said.
The stowaways, all men, had equipped the containers with supplies and ventilation to allow them to survive the perilous journey across the Pacific
Ocean, said Los Angeles Port Police Lieutenant Titus Smith said.
"They had ventilation holes cut into the bottom of the container. They had a fan system set up that ran on batteries, they had ample food and water,
juices, sleeping bags," he said.
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This really highlights the security issues in the ports. Had that been a nuclear device, it would have easily taken out a good part of Los Angeles. A
system has to be set up to inspect these ships off shore before they actually get into port. This also highlights the perils of this type of illegal
immigration. These men were prepared and got lucky, one has to wonder how many die on such trip and are just dumped overboard and never are seen
Well, at least they were safe. Problem is very very widespread. Quite a few countries in Indo-China are also benig used as staging points for these
people. Makes one wonder just how many make it through.
Question to anyone who would know: In Vancouver we have a real problem at the Port. It's common knowledge that it is run by the Angels, and you can
even see the occasional one wearing his colours on the job. Is this a problem at the LA Port? Because if it is, they would be in on it. The Chinese
gangs don't usually mess with the Angels too much.
Not that all Angels are necessarily bad. I live a few blocks from a clubhouse, and have absolutely no crime in my neighbourhood.
If enough money was put into the effort, the US could be a lot more secure. But unfortunatly congress only gives em' so much.
The containers get checked after they are loaded off the ship, but not all get checked, some ports only check 3% of the containers, while some of the
biggest have there hands on new different types of X-ray scanners, and they check out over 2/3 of the containers on board.
I think 100% of the container that enter the US ports need to be scanned, and think the only practical way of doing so is current methods which
involve doing one at a time on land, this is fine except for the nuclear threat, I cant think of a way to "catch" that before it is on our soil.
People are still flocking to the US, from Mexico, China, Cuba, Haiti and many other countries... i wonder what these people know that so many in the
US don't, and keep claiming this is a dictatorship....
From what I've heard, they (the masterminds known as "Snakeheads")bring these poor people legitimately into a country in Indo-China, place them in
a boardng house and thereafter scheme. I've even heard of chartering planes to sneak them in. The problem is very large indeed.
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