50 Chinese Detained For Fake Marriages, Sexual Exploitation Of Pakistani Women
ISLAMABAD: On behalf of the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA), the Interior Ministry told the Senate that 50 Chinese citizens are detained and in custody of the investigative agency for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of Pakistani women for fake marriages. They stand accused of trafficking Pakistani women for sexual exploitation and harvesting organs.
The issue was raised by Senator Ateeq Sheikh. He had asked the interior Minister Ijaz Shah to respond to the House about this alarming matter.
The Senator directed that details be submitted on the number of Chinese nationals involved in fake marriages, as well Pakistanis abetting them, who have been arrested in the previous four years by FIA. Furthermore the Senator asked for details of Pakistani girls who were safely brought back to Pakistan during the this period as well the legal action taken against the accused.
Documents available with Naya Daur Media indicate that three girls from Punjab province reached Pakistan safely. They are Nitasha Masih of Faisalabad, Mehd Liaquat of Gujranwala and Muqadas of Gujranwala. The documents further show that a total of 50 Chinese nationals are detained in different Anti-Human Trafficking & Smuggling Cells (AHTS) of FIA across the country.
Moreover, 11 Chinese nationals are in the custody of the AHTS cell of Lahore under charges of forcing Pakistani girls into sexual exploitation and human organ harvesting. The documents add that the accused were arrested by the FIA AHTC Lahore branch and all accused were sent to a judicial lockup while the case is under investigation. Bail petitions of the accused were canceled by the court.
Another 24 Chinese nationals are in custody of the FIA AHTC Faisalabad on charges of illegal trafficking of young women through Pakistani agents to China for the purpose of sex work and extraction of human organs. The accused were arrested by the FIA AHTC Faisalabad branch and sent to judicial lockup while their cases are under investigation. Bail petitions of the accused were canceled by the court.
13 Chinese nationals are presently in the custody of AHTC Islamabad, suspected of similar offences. Another 2 persons were acquitted due to a lack of solid proof. The arrested 11 were sent to judicial lockup.
Another 2 Chinese nationals have been accused by Rawalpindi AHTC: with one of them bailed and another still at large.
The author is a reporter based in Islamabad.