It's been revealed the Manus Island stand-off with Australia has caught the eye of crime syndicates looking to cash in, according to the Courier Mail. Australian media reports that people smugglers are taking advantage of the New Zealand Government's stance on refugees.
Four boats collectively carrying 164 asylum seekers were turned back by Operation Sovereign Borders, led by the Australian Defence Force.
It is believed the boats were trying to bypass Australia's tough border controls and get to New Zealand.
According to the report, intelligence communities fear smugglers may be using Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's stance on Manus Island refugees to encourage people to go to sea.
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