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Tuesday May 07 2019

FIA busts another Chinese human smuggling cell in Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday busted another human smuggling cell being run by Chinese nationals.

Fifteen Chinese nationals including a woman were arrested by FIA Rawalpindi accused of trafficking Pakistani girls to China. The gang was led by a Chinese national Song Chuaoyang who was also arrested.

Two Pakistani girls were recovered from the accused. A Christian and two Muslims girls were earlier sent back to their parents by the FIA authorities.  

The prime accused a Pakistani national, Anas Butt, and eight Chinese nationals have been transferred to Faisalabad from Lahore. Butt maintains that he is just a coordinator and translator of the Chinese nationals and is not involved in any of their crime. 

According to Deputy Director FIA Kamran Ali, the Chinese nationals were involved in fake marriages with Pakistani girls and later using them for prostitution and organ removal. 

On Monday, FIA busted a racket of Chinese nationals involved in trafficking Pakistani girls to China by contracting marriages.

Deputy Director FIA Jamil Ahmad Khan Mayo said authorities, as part of a crackdown against foreigners involved in illegal activities in the country, arrested eight Chinese nationals from Lahore airport and other areas on the charges of trafficking young women to China after marrying them.

According to the official, the suspects, with the assistance of Pakistani agents, contracted marriages with unsuspecting local girls and then trafficked them to China where the victims were forced into prostitution.

They said the suspected leader of the ring is the son of a Punjab Police officer, who had fled when a raid was conducted for his arrest. The officials said the suspected ring leader has acquired interim bail until May 13.