The CBI has unearthed an organised international human trafficking racket in which an estimated 8,000 Nepalese women were allegedly trafficked to Dubai for prostitution between July and December last year.
Delhi has emerged as a transit point of the racket, in which the women, aged between 20 to 30 years, are shown to be travelling to Nairobi via Dubai as tourists, but they do not proceed to Nairobi on reaching Dubai, the CBI said.
“In July last year, a surprise check was conducted by the CBI, the Delhi Police’s anti human trafficking cell and the CISF at Delhi airport, and 76 Nepalese women were found to be travelling on the Delhi-Dubai-Nairobi route on an Air India flight for tourist purposes. They even had hotel reservations in Nairobi… Here in Delhi they are given valid tickets to travel to Nairobi via Dubai, and are also given valid return tickets and visas. However, as soon as they reach Dubai, travel agents cancel their onward tickets to Nairobi. The women, meanwhile, use paper visas they had concealed for staying in Dubai for a month or two,” said a CBI source.
The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in the matter and wrote to External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry and Bureau of Immigration a few days ago, urging them to plug the systemic loopholes that it found in its probe.
The CBI has said that issuance of paper visas, as opposed to stamped visas, by Gulf countries was being exploited in the racket. It has suggested that immigration authorities should be made aware of all visas issued to passengers during their travel period.
The agency has also shared its findings with the Nepal government and has handed over a list of women who are suspected to have travelled to Dubai in a similar fashion.