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January 16, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Federal immigration officials were interviewing 32 Chinese stowaways Saturday after they were found in two cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles. A crane operator was unloading the containers about 6 p.m. and noticed three men climbing out of one, said Lt. Titus Smith of the Los Angeles Port Police. The illegal immigrants were all men who looked to be in their 20s, police said.
October 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Italy promised that 13 Kurdish stowaways would get a chance to apply for asylum after reportedly being denied that opportunity when they were discovered on a freighter Oct. 9, the United Nations refugee agency said. For two weeks, the Turkish Kurds had been stuck in a 10-by- 13-foot cabin with only two beds, waiting to hear their fate, an agency spokeswoman said. They were allowed to leave the boat at the Sicilian port of Augusta and were taken to a police station.
October 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of a stowaway was found in the wheel well of an American Airlines jet that had just finished a flight from Miami to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The body was found by an airport worker after passengers had disembarked. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said the man was in his 20s and died from a lack of oxygen.
August 26, 2004 | From Reuters
A Cuban woman made it to the United States by stowing away in a wooden crate the size of a filing cabinet on a cargo flight from the Bahamas, officials said Wednesday. The woman was found in the cargo area of Miami International Airport on Tuesday evening by workers with the cargo company DHL and handed over to authorities. It was not clear how the Cuban, in her 20s, hid in the crate, but the U.S.
December 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Maintenance crews found the body of a man believed to be a stowaway inside an American Airlines jet at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, a spokesman for the airport said. Maintenance workers discovered the dead man, estimated to be about 25, in the wheel well of the aircraft. The plane, American Flight 1190, came from Montego Bay, Jamaica, said Dan Maynard, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that operates the airport.
November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
A former shipping clerk pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to shipping himself from New York to Dallas in a wooden cargo crate. Charles D. McKinley, 25, pleaded guilty to stowing away on a cargo jet, a misdemeanor. The possible punishment ranges from probation to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced Feb. 4. McKinley declined to comment after the 20-minute hearing.
September 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in Dallas against a man who climbed into a crate and had himself shipped by air from New York to Dallas to visit his parents. Charles D. McKinley was charged with stowing away on a cargo jet. He could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted. McKinley, a 25-year-old shipping clerk at a New York warehouse, journeyed overnight about 1,500 miles by truck, plane and delivery van.
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five of six Latino stowaways found aboard a ship headed to the Port of Oakland may be going to Japan if a local agent cannot get them travel documents to fly to their countries of origin, authorities said Friday. The five men are in the custody of the ship's captain. A sixth is in the custody of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
May 29, 2002
Re "10 Chinese Nabbed After Coming Ashore in O.C.," May 24: To refer to the ships used by Asian smugglers and stowaways as "modern-day slave ships," to quote Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Bill Strassberger, is not only inaccurate, it is insulting. There is a vast difference between individuals willingly undertaking a perilous journey by sea "looking for a better economic future" and the Africans who were captured in their homeland, packed into steerage and delivered into bondage in the Americas.
The 11 Dominican men came to the United States in a locked, stifling cargo container in search of the American dream--and it almost cost them their lives. Some of the stowaways, who had been trapped inside the 40-foot container for a week, were recovering in a hospital Friday, officials said. An employee assigned to check the container seals had heard banging and muffled shouts and alerted authorities.
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