Hyderabad: Gang nabbed for trafficking women to Gulf countries

Hyderabad: Special operations team of LB Nagar on Tuesday busted Al-Hayath tours and travels, Malakpet and arrested four interstate human traffickers and rescued a woman victim being trafficked to Oman. 

 The police seized visa documentation, 40 passports belonging to various persons, Rs. 6000 and mobile phones.

According to the police, the main accused has been identified as Mohammed Imtiyaz (35) who is a travel agent and had a gang of fellow accused who helped him in this.

The gang indulged in illicit human trafficking by trying to send a woman Shaik Khader bee of Medipally to Muscat, Oman, in a fraudulent manner, promising her work on visiting visa instead of working visa.

Rachakonda commissioner of police Mahesh Bhagwat said in a press conference that Imtiyaz got acquainted with her through her aunt and knowing her financial problems he started offering her jobs in the Middle East.

He then arranged for a visa and booked her a flight to Muscat on February 2.

The victim felt something was fishy when the suspects asked her to share her pictures to them on whatsapp after which they will pay her the promised sum of Rs.30,000. She grew suspicious and escaped from the airport.

Further, the suspects had collected passports from nearly 40 people including 12 women and 28 men to make visa arrangements for sending them to different Gulf countries.

They and two other travel agencies in Kadapa were found to be involved in the racket, and were trafficking women to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Dubai and Qatar, said the commissioner of police.

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