Major human trafficking racket busted
The Fraud Bureau of Investigations has busted a major human
trafficking operation to Canada and apprehended many suspects including
the local mastermind. Headquarters Inspector of the Bureau, Priyanka
Wijenayake said that the local master mind behind this operation was
arrested in Colombo on Friday night.
"Over 169 Sri Lankans were taken in a ship to an African country
where they were detained on suspicion. After being questioned they had
said that they were charged between Rs. 300,000 to Rs. 800, 000 to be
provided employment or political asylum in Canada. The African state was
the final point before entering Canada",he said.
"Over 110 people have now been deported to Sri Lanka and the Police
is recording statements from them", he said.
He said that they have received information that the money collected
from this operation is being diverted to LTTE funds which is a very
We have also traced the main suspect as being a former LTTE member
operating in Singapore Malaysia Canada and Europe. The bureau would soon
issue an Interpol warrant against him as he is also being wanted by
Canadian law enforcement officials.
In addition they are also on the look out for four other suspects in
Colombo and in the Eastern Province as well. The investigation was led
by bureau Director, John Mark, and was assisted by Sub inspector (Int.)
SI Chaminda, Sergeant, Dharmasena, Gunatillike and Ganganath.