Fifth law enforcement Joint Management Group on People Smuggling closes in Palm Cove, Queensland

The fifth law enforcement Joint Management Group (JMG) on People Smuggling meeting took place this week (16-18 May) in Palm Cove, Queensland, to foster cooperation and progress counter people smuggling and disruption efforts across the region.

The fifth JMG was officially opened by the Hon. Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt, on behalf of the Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP, and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, Crime Operations, Debbie Platz.

Law enforcement officials from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Afghanistan came together to discuss people smuggling across Asia.

The JMG provided a forefront for the discussion of migration flows and people smuggling and trafficking, including consistency and cooperation in response to the people smuggling trade.  

The JMG reinforced the importance of coherent action, coordination and partnerships among law enforcement agencies in order to enhance cross-border judicial and law enforcement cooperation.

The fifth JMG drew from lessons learned at previous JMG conferences, while also looking at the current international people smuggling environment, with a focus on real world case studies and migration issues in South East Asia and bringing offenders to justice.

As an outcome of the fifth JMG, regional law enforcement partners agreed to:

  • Focus on increasing bilateral engagement to further enhance existing intelligence and information sharing between source and transit countries.
  • An ongoing commitment to stop people smuggling at its source, with a focus on disruption.
  • A continued investment in capacity building within source and transit countries to pursue the disruption and investigation of criminal syndicates.

The JMG reinforced people smuggling as an organised crime that exploits the most vulnerable of people. The meeting is a prime example of law enforcement collaboration, fostering regional cooperation to progress the holistic disruption of people smuggling across the globe.

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