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28 February, 2011

last night on Border Security

Last night on Channel 7's Border Security, we saw the real racist treatment when entering Australia's border. (to Don: this is real racist event happened in Australia, you can watch the footage linked at end of this entry.)

Border Security

This unlucky non-white non-Caucasian Asian woman returned from Vietnam. She was wrongly suspected for smuggling drugs, she was being treated unfairly, simply because of her race and the country she returned from. Her ordeal (as shown on Border Security) is summarised as following...

It is clearly that because she is an Asian (not white Caucasian), the officer had to question her reasons why she changed her travel plan. Geez, only white Caucasians can change their travel plans without being interrogated?

Further on, it was very clear from the show, simply because she is an Asian (not white Caucasian), and travelled from Vietnam, the officer put on an extra high alert on her, suspecting that she carried drugs with her even before detaining her for questioning and any searching.

Our good friend Don (who is WHITE) refuses to accept the fact that many governments (and government agents) use treat people differently according to their race (under the name profiling). For that aspect, I have asked two police friends of mine. One worked for NSW Police, and the other one for AFP (Australian Federal Police), although both refuse to admit (the Police) being racist, both agreed that they do "profile" people, and race is one important judgement.

The Officer even made a sounding comments that the Asian woman seemingly live beyond her means (as she is currently unemployed), so she must be carrying in drugs. The Asian woman made another trip back to Vietnam in the same year to attend her mother's memorial service, it seems like Asians can't change their travel plans as trouble free as whites. You don't see white Caucasians being questions for such.

Somehow, the Customs officers managed to get some positive (drug) readings from swabbing Asian woman's handbag and gift box. Except there's no drugs inside, however some dusts (traces) of drugs being carried over. The officer even damaged her gift, and to the officer's disappointment, the actual drug tests showed negative, .

If you watch the episode carefully, it is not hard to notice the officer's initial strong suspicion, and her strong believe that drugs must be hidden inside the gift, finally to her disappointment that she could not proof her suspicion.

For the record (true event), last year Laurent and I returned to Australia mainland (Perth) after the trip to Cocos Islands and Christmas Island. The white Customs officer let Laurent pass without any delay, but questioned me and checked my bags. Reason? I am dark skinned.

Missed out last night's Border Security, you can watch the episode online legally at Yahoo!7's Plus7 site.

Posted by Antony on 28 February 2011 10:31 PM |

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