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Chinese woman 'unfairly profiled' at CT airport

Meizhu Chen was travelling back from China last month when she was denied entry back into South Africa.

Meizhu Chen was travelling back from China last month when she was denied entry back into South Africa. Picture: Andres de Wet/Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - An immigration lawyer says a Chinese woman was unfairly profiled before being held for 37 days at Cape Town International Airport.

Meizhu Chen was travelling back from China last month when she was denied entry back into South Africa.

Her lawyer, Craig Smith, says immigration officials wrongfully accused her of carrying an invalid work permit.

"What it says is if you come to this country and are from a certain place you may be profiled and it's strange that for the last five months that detention matters have been Chinese people."

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