Pakistani, Chinese couples arrested from Islamabad airport as FIA goes after human traffickers

02:48 PM | 10 May, 2019
Pakistani, Chinese couples arrested from Islamabad airport as FIA goes after human traffickers
ISLAMABAD - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Chinese and Pakistani couples on Friday from the Islamabad Airport as a crackdown against human trafficking has been intensified.

FIA says the arrested Chinese nationals appeared as married couples and were smuggling Pakistani girls to China; two Chinese men and three Pakistani women were among those arrested by the agency.

The FIA further said that the Chinese nationals were involved in organ trafficking.

The FIA sprung into action this week after it was unearthed that Pakistani women, after marrying Chinese nationals, were forced into prostitution and relocated to China.

On Thursday, the FIA busted a human smuggling cell and arrested 11 Chinese nationals and two Pakistanis from Lahore’s Johar Town area.

Moreover, the FIA also arrested fifteen Chinese nationals including a woman from Rawalpindi accused of trafficking Pakistani girls to China. The gang was led by a Chinese national identified as Song Chuaoyang who was also taken into custody.

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One of the recovered girls detailed that he married a Chinese national through her uncle who supervised a marriage bureau.

'My husband's boss is Mr. Song who was arrested alongside a Pakistani national,' the woman said.

The girl detailed that he was not suspicious of the intentions of her uncle, adding that her husband asked her to befriend his associates.

On the other hand, the Chinese Embassy in a statement denied media reports that Pakistan women were being forced into prostitution or sale of human organs.

“According to investigations by the Ministry of Public Security of China, there is no forced prostitution or sale of human organs for those Pakistani women who stay in China after marriage with Chinese,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement added that a few criminals would not be allowed to undermine China’s friendship with Pakistan and hurt friendly feelings between people of the two countries.