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October 20, 1990 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When security guards passed the suitcase on Thai International's Sunday night flight to Paris through a routine X-ray check, they were astounded to see the images of three tiny bodies moving inside. When the suitcase was opened, customs officials found three rare apes known as gibbons, renowned for their eerie resemblance to small humans.
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July 24, 2001 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Monday granted temporary residency status to a 4-year-old Thai boy who was used as cover in a human smuggling operation. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, part of Ashcroft's Justice Department, had denied the boy political asylum. The agency originally sought to deport the child, who is HIV positive, to Thailand, where his grandparents have won legal custody.
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May 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
Customs agents seized a record 1,078 pounds of raw ivory at Bangkok's airport, but the man who came to collect the smuggled goods was allowed to go free, Thai officials said Monday. The 112 pieces of elephant tusk, worth more than $131,000, were found Friday in three iron boxes freighted from Zambia. The ivory was concealed under a thick layer of uncut gemstones. Documents with the shipment said the boxes contained 1,188 pounds of gemstones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2001 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An HIV-positive preschooler from Thailand who was used as a pawn in a human trafficking ring won a court ruling Monday that will allow him to stay in the United States to battle deportation. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian ruled that Phanupong Khaisri, 3, can remain here to appeal an Immigration and Naturalization Service ruling that rejected his asylum application. "I'd be giving this kid a death sentence if I sent him back," Tevrizian said. "I'm just not going to do that."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000
A federal judge said Wednesday that a 2-year-old Thai boy, used in an apparent smuggling scheme, must stay in the United States for more than a month to receive care for a serious illness. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian also delayed until July 17 a final hearing on whether to return Phanupong Khaisri to Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
Sixteen cars stolen from across Southern California and smuggled to Thailand through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are being returned, U.S. Customs officials announced Friday. The recovery marks the largest number of vehicles ever returned to the United States from an Asian country, according to inspectors from the Outbound Enforcement Team, the multi-agency task force whose yearlong investigation turned up the stolen cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
Sixteen cars stolen from across Southern California and smuggled to Thailand through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are being returned, U.S. Customs officials announced Friday. The recovery marks the largest number of vehicles ever returned to the United States from an Asian country, according to inspectors from the Outbound Enforcement Team, the multi-agency task force whose yearlong investigation turned up the stolen cars.
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July 17, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States will end its $18-million-a-year wildlife and wildlife products trade with Thailand at the end of this month because the Bangkok government has failed to comply with an international treaty controlling trafficking in endangered species, Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. said Tuesday. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2000 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A toddler from Thailand who arrived in Los Angeles without family will be examined by a doctor this morning in preparation for his return to Bangkok in as soon as a few days, activists who met with the Immigration and Naturalization Service said Wednesday. The 2-year-old arrived in Los Angeles on April 11 under a false name with a man and woman pretending to be his parents. Officials believe the boy was a pawn in an international ring smuggling Thai women into the United States for prostitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Monday granted temporary residency status to a 4-year-old Thai boy who was used as cover in a human smuggling operation. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, part of Ashcroft's Justice Department, had denied the boy political asylum. The agency originally sought to deport the child, who is HIV positive, to Thailand, where his grandparents have won legal custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000
A federal judge said Wednesday that a 2-year-old Thai boy, used in an apparent smuggling scheme, must stay in the United States for more than a month to receive care for a serious illness. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian also delayed until July 17 a final hearing on whether to return Phanupong Khaisri to Thailand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2000 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A toddler from Thailand who arrived in Los Angeles without family will be examined by a doctor this morning in preparation for his return to Bangkok in as soon as a few days, activists who met with the Immigration and Naturalization Service said Wednesday. The 2-year-old arrived in Los Angeles on April 11 under a false name with a man and woman pretending to be his parents. Officials believe the boy was a pawn in an international ring smuggling Thai women into the United States for prostitution.
NEWS
May 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
Customs agents seized a record 1,078 pounds of raw ivory at Bangkok's airport, but the man who came to collect the smuggled goods was allowed to go free, Thai officials said Monday. The 112 pieces of elephant tusk, worth more than $131,000, were found Friday in three iron boxes freighted from Zambia. The ivory was concealed under a thick layer of uncut gemstones. Documents with the shipment said the boxes contained 1,188 pounds of gemstones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
Sixteen cars stolen from across Southern California and smuggled to Thailand through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are being returned, U.S. Customs officials announced Friday. The recovery marks the largest number of vehicles ever returned to the United States from an Asian country, according to inspectors from the Outbound Enforcement Team, the multi-agency task force whose yearlong investigation turned up the stolen cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
Sixteen cars stolen from across Southern California and smuggled to Thailand through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are being returned, U.S. Customs officials announced Friday. The recovery marks the largest number of vehicles ever returned to the United States from an Asian country, according to inspectors from the Outbound Enforcement Team, the multi-agency task force whose yearlong investigation turned up the stolen cars.
NEWS
July 17, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States will end its $18-million-a-year wildlife and wildlife products trade with Thailand at the end of this month because the Bangkok government has failed to comply with an international treaty controlling trafficking in endangered species, Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. said Tuesday. U.S.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last thing Birute Galdikas wanted or needed was to get involved in rescuing orangutans from the intrigue of international smuggling rings. At her Borneo jungle camp, the UCLA-trained scientist had her hands full with the research that has made her the world's foremost authority on orangutans in the wild. In British Columbia while away from camp, she had students to teach at Simon Fraser University. But then the call came. In Bangkok Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2001 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An HIV-positive preschooler from Thailand who was used as a pawn in a human trafficking ring won a court ruling Monday that will allow him to stay in the United States to battle deportation. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian ruled that Phanupong Khaisri, 3, can remain here to appeal an Immigration and Naturalization Service ruling that rejected his asylum application. "I'd be giving this kid a death sentence if I sent him back," Tevrizian said. "I'm just not going to do that."
NEWS
October 20, 1990 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When security guards passed the suitcase on Thai International's Sunday night flight to Paris through a routine X-ray check, they were astounded to see the images of three tiny bodies moving inside. When the suitcase was opened, customs officials found three rare apes known as gibbons, renowned for their eerie resemblance to small humans.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last thing Birute Galdikas wanted or needed was to get involved in rescuing orangutans from the intrigue of international smuggling rings. At her Borneo jungle camp, the UCLA-trained scientist had her hands full with the research that has made her the world's foremost authority on orangutans in the wild. In British Columbia while away from camp, she had students to teach at Simon Fraser University. But then the call came. In Bangkok Feb.
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