Smug Smugglers

The term human smuggler is problematic and misleading. One would be just as easily inclined to refere to these individuals as guides. It removes the agency of these individuals seeking asylum and economic means of subsisting by assuming that they are being taken advantage of. While there are certainly abuses to be expected when dealing with these situations of legal and administrative gray zones, to demonize the act of charging for a boat ride, when paying an airline company for the same kind of transportation is not subject to the same kind of critique seems hypocritical.

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