FIA arrests 14 Chinese nationals in more raids


–China asks citizens to stay away from the fake illegal marriage counsellors

In an on-going crackdown against Chinese cartels involved in human trafficking through fake marriages, the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) on Wednesday arrested 14 more Chinese nationals, leading to the recovery of three Pakistani girls.

According to a report in a local media outlet, the arrests and recoveries were made during raids conducted in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The suspects have been shifted to the FIA headquarters. Weapons were also recovered during the raids.

Meanwhile, China has assured maximum cooperation with the Pakistani authorities to probe the trafficking of Pakistani girls as Beijing has reportedly taken notice of the recent news stories.

China has issued warning to the Pakistani and Chinese nationals to stay away from the fake illegal marriage counsellors. According to police reports, a gang from Faisalabad has been unveiled which is involved in human trafficking. The authorities said that the gang has sent as many as 18 girls to China.

On Tuesday, the FIA busted another human smuggling cell being run by Chinese nationals. Seven people, including three Chinese nationals, 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.

According to FIA Deputy Director 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.

FIA Deputy Director Jamil Ahmad Khan Mayo had said the 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 had 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.