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Two Air India Employees Arrested in Human Trafficking Bust

Two Air India staff members were among those arrested at Delhi International in a human trafficking bust.

Nine people, including two Air India staff members, may face charges of human trafficking after authorities arrested the group at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). IBN Live reports the arrests happened over the week of July 20 and were administered by the Central Industrial Security Force and Delhi Police.

The first arrests happened on Monday as a group of Nepalese women were preparing to travel from DEL to Dubai International Airport (DXB), claiming they were flying from Kathmandu. Another group of Nepalese women were arrested on Tuesday, with a similar story and forged documents in hand.

“The CCTV footage at the airport showed these women had arrived from Ahmedabad as they were supposed to travel to Dubai the next day,” an unidentified CISF official told IBN. “They had however claimed they arrived here from Nepal but the immigration stamp of Kathmandu airport on their passports was found to be forged.”

The two Air India staff members, identified as a 30-year-old duty manager and a 28-year-old customer service representative, were subsequently arrested by Delhi Police. The two are accused of allowing the women to pass through the international arrivals desk on the forged immigration stamps.

Officials told IBN that police have been on alert for criminal activity since the Nepal earthquake in April. Suspicions were further triggered because the women were all meeting at DEL with the intention to travel onward to Dubai.

“It looks to be a case of women trafficking as all these women were attempting to assemble here in batches and then fly out to Dubai,” said the CISF official. Additional investigation is ongoing.

[Photo: Air India]

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