'Corruption is a very crucial element in human smuggling because it makes the process smooth ... you can easily get false documents and pay bribes to move from one place to another,' Raviv told TrustLaw in an interview.
Raviv said IOM’s research -- based on interviews with over 800 illegal migrants -- had revealed alleged corruption and complicity between human smuggling rackets and migration officials in most east and southern African countries.
“The journey is made possible because of limited border controls all the way to South Africa,” Raviv added.
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