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Two Chinese men held in Pakistan on charges of trafficking


Devdiscourse News Desk Lahore
Updated: 03-05-2019 19:40 IST
Two Chinese men held in Pakistan on charges of trafficking

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Pakistani authorities have arrested two Chinese nationals from the Punjab province on the charges of trafficking girls to China after marrying them. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated action following reports that Chinese nationals are involved in organ selling and forced prostitution of Pakistani girls after marrying them here and later taking them to China.

An FIA team, headed by Deputy Director Jamil Ahmed Khan Mayo, raided a hotel in Faisalabad city on Thursday where a marriage ceremony was on of the two Chinese men with Pakistani girls. Following the raid, both the Chinese men and as many of their facilitators were arrested. However, the officials allowed the two young girls and their family members go home after recording their statements. FIA's Punjab province Director, Tariq Rustam, said that both Chinese men have been shifted to the agency's prison.

"During interrogation, they confessed to have involved in trafficking of Pakistani girls to China," he said. "We received complaints that a gang is involved in smuggling of the Pakistani girls to China. It is yet to be ascertained how many girls have been sent to China or whether the crime is being committed for organ trade or some other purpose (prostitution)," Rustam added. Another senior official of the FIA said that after thorough interrogation of the arrested Chinese men the FIA is anticipating more breakthrough in this case.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : Pakistan