FIA Arrests 2 More Chinese Nationals As China Denies Pakistani Women Being Forced Into Prostitution
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested 2 more Chinese nationals and 3 Pakistani women on Saturday over allegations of human trafficking.
The FIA said the Chinese men were allegedly smuggling the Pakistani women to China in the guise of married couples. The two arrested are also said to be involved in smuggling of human organs.
The FIA has initiated a crackdown after some Pakistani women reported that they were trapped into fake marriages by Chinese nationals and later forced into prostitution in China.
Over 20 Chinese and Pakistani agents have been taken into custody during raids from Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Islamabad.
China has, however, denied the reports saying that several media outlets are presenting ‘false and fabricated facts’. According to investigations by the Ministry of Public Security of China, no women married to Chinese nationals were being forced into prostitution in the country.
“The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has clarified the rumors by issuing a statement on April 13. We hope the people of China and Pakistan do not believe the rumors.”
“If any organization or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the banner of the cross-border marriage, China supports the Pakistani side [in its] crackdown on it according to Pakistani laws,” read the statement.
China also said that it has sent a special task force in Pakistan to help the security agencies with the matter.