There’s literally thousands of overseas Asian students that come here to study. The number is large enough that it’s a society within a society. There’s the rich, the middle-class and the ones who have only themselves to rely on for living expenses and the cost of their education. There’s also the sensible and not-so-sensible; the law-abiding and the criminal.
Through various reasons: gambling at the casinos, buying and living beyond their means etc., some would squander the money from their parents that are meant for their education and living costs. And some of these would become desperate and would resort to extreme measures to fix their financial dilemma. And who would they prey on? Their fellow overseas students. Why? Because it’s easy especially when the victim maybe a housemate, a friend of a friend, or even a close friend. Ppl whom they are envious of because they’d flaunt their wealth or behave austentiously. Or just fellow struggling students who are unlucky enough to consider these ppl their friends.
This is the most recent case.
Victorian County Court Judge John Smallwood today said Mr Zhang’s captors forced the Hawthorn Language School student to reveal his banking personal identification number before withdrawing $25,000 from his account.
They also forced him to arrange for his parents to send money from China.
In total, Mr Zhang’s captors stole almost $80,000.
I say “recent” because it has happened before:
Since 1997 [to 2003], there have been 30 kidnappings in Sydney. Of those, 19 involved Asian victims and perpetrators, in many cases students. Some have been studying English at one of the many colleges that have sprung up in NSW, mainly in Sydney, since the 1990s.
Until recently, all the victims had been either let go or freed by police. But late last month [August 2003], their worst fears were realised when Vay Linh Phun, a UTS student, was kidnapped and $70,000 ransom demanded. She was found in her car, strangled.
Unfortunately, so long as there are young immature children, some spoilt rotten by their parents, being expected to handle large sums of money responsibly, and who are sent overseas to live without any moral or disciplinary guidelines, this will continue to happen.