Australian Border Force illegal worker raids in Kununurra net eight people
EIGHT people have been picked up in Australian Border Force raids targeting labour hire intermediaries and employers suspected of exploiting foreign workers.
Six Malaysian nationals and two from Nepal were detained after warrants were executed on two properties near Kununurra.
Acting Superintendent Anthony Spadavecchia said three people were suspected of higher level involvement in worker exploitation and were being held in detention ahead of their removal from Australia.
“The remaining five individuals were conditionally released, contingent on their immediate departure from Australia,” he said.
Investigations into illegal labour hire in the region are continuing.
“The ABF is committed to tackling the practice of illegal work in Australia – wherever it occurs.
“The remoteness of Kununurra posed some logistical challenges for the operation and ABF is very grateful to the WA Police Force, and in particular the Kununurra Police, for their ongoing assistance with these matters,” Acting Superintendent Spadavecchia said.
Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be involved in visa fraud or illegal work should contact Border Watch