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'Body Shopping' Alive and Well

By David Hague

While outsourcing to overseas companies remains a much debated point in many areas of technology, it has been claimed that an almost reversal role that exploits qualified immigrants in many facets of IT  is alive and well.

Called 'body shopping', the system entails 'agents' receiving thousands of dollars to sponsor mainly Indian immigrants on the hope that when they arrive in Australia, they would automatically be placed in lucrative positions. It has been claimed that many of the sponsored immigrants when they arrive may get a contract for only a few weeks and then end up working in restaurants or driving taxis to try and make ends meet. In the meantime, they are also forced to be a 'tax' to the sponsor companies to allow them to stay here as a sponsored immigrant.

The Australian Department of Immigration, Muticultural and Indigenous Affairs Affairs however refute these claims.

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David is the owner and publisher of Australian Videocamera. He has a background in media dating back to 1979 when he first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport, and went from there into technology via a 5 year stint with Tandy Computers.

Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.

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