Human trafficking racket involving Sri Lankans busted

Colombo: A major human trafficking network involving Sri Lankans has been unearthed in a multi-national operation, including Finnish, French and Belgian police, the government here said on Saturday.

“The network is suspected of facilitating the illegal entry of people from Sri Lanka to France, frequently using a route through the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and Finland,” the government said.

So far a total of 27 suspects have been arrested and interrogated in Finland, France and Belgium.

The main target was arrested on Sunday in Saran, France after case originated from an investigation initiated by the Finnish Border Guard in December 2010 over the arrival at Helsinki Vantaa airport of two females with counterfeit Indian passports.

They had been accompanied by an Indian male. Some of the illegals had used counterfeit British passports produced in Thailand to travel to Canada.

So far over 50 facilitators were discovered in the course of this investigation.

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