Monday, August 10, 2009

Three Detained For Human Trafficking, Two Still At Large

KOTA BAHARU, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Three locals who smuggled in 12 Myanmar nationals, including three children, aimed at turning them into beggars in Kuala Lumpur, were detained by the Kelantan Immigration.

Kelantan Immigration Deputy Director Norazilawati Mustapha said the three, including two brothers and a woman, aged between 17 and 25 were detained at about 7pm for smuggling and locking up 12 Myanmar nationals in a house at Kampung Kubang Panjang, Pasir Mas, yesterday.

"We are looking for two more suspects, believed to be the parents of the two brothers, to assist investigations," Norazilawati told reporters here on Monday.

According to Norazilawati, all the Myanmar nationals whose ages were between two and 39, comprised of seven men, two women and three children (all girls), were given temporary shelter.

She said all the suspects are believed to be members of a family who have been involved in human trafficking for the past two years.

Initial investigations revealed that the suspects would take the Myanmar nationals to Kuala Lumpur and turn them to beggars on the streets.

--BERNAMA

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