Islamabad: FIA held 8,790 human traffickers in 5 years
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency on Friday claimed it arrested 8,790 human traffickers in the last five years as part of its anti-human trafficking drive and helped to save Rs763 million on the national kitty by busting grey trafficking cartels active in the telecom sector.
The FIA top brass revealed this during a meeting at FIA Headquarters that was chaired by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
FIA Director General Mohammad Anwar Virk, while presenting the performance report of the Agency, informed the meeting that Anti-human trafficking Wing of the FIA arrested 1,642 human traffickers in 2008, 1775 in 2009, 1779 in 2010, 1639 in 2011 and 1955 in 2012.
The meeting was informed that the Agency registered 22,654 cases during the last five years, arrested 2,189 proclaimed offenders (POs) and 580 court absconders and also got 18,138 accused convicted from the courts in different cases.
It was also informed that the Agency helped saving Rs763 million of the national exchequer by nabbing many rackets involved in illegal business of grey trafficking by establishing illegal telephone exchanges in different parts of the country. A top FIA official said the Agency conducted successful raids in different cities of the country, particularly in Lahore and Karachi, against illegal telephone calls set-ups and confiscated 49 illegal gateway exchanges.