Two of international human trafficking racket busted

KATHMANDU: Police said they have recently busted two youth involved in an international human trafficking racket.

The arrests were possible after a youth, who was hoping to fly to the United States for greener pastures, was arrested in possession of USD 40,000 cash from the Tribhuvan International Airport on September 2, the Metropolitan Police Crime Division informed in a statement today.

The 28-year-old Prem Narayan Mahato, a foreign job aspirant from Nawalparasi district, revealed that the racket was involved in trafficking of unemployed Nepali youth to the United States.

Police then launched a probe and found that Sagar Shirish (37) of Baglung district and Nabin KC aka Nawaraj Khatri (32) of Rukum district had charged a hefty sum up to Rs three million with an assurance of sending the youth to the States, using three illegal routes.

The first route they had thought was India-Thailand-France-Mexico-US.

But, it was also expected that the Mexican police would arrest them for lack of immigration papers.

But, as per plans of the alleged traffickers, their agents would approach the detainees and illegally arrange the papers for them to land into a Texas-based refugee camp in the US.

Meanwhile, the other routes used by the traffickers were India-Japan-Mexico and India-Singapore-Japan-Mexico.

Before finding out information about the trafficking racket, Police had sent Mahato to Pulchok-based Department of Revenue Investigation on charge of foreign currency misuse.

But, Mahato filed an FIR against the duo after realising that he was duped by the duo in the pretext of US entry.

Acting on the complaint filed by the victim, police had been successful to nab the duo.

Meanwhile, Shish and KC have been sent to the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu for further investigation and action on Thursday.

They would be charged with a human trafficking case.