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NEW DELHI: Three travel agents allegedly running an illegal human trafficking racket have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. The accused sent Indian and Nepalese nationals to the US via Latin American countries and Malaysia on forged documents by charging over Rs.25 lakh per head.
The Crime Branch recently received a tip-off that some travel agents in Delhi and Punjab were sending people to the US via Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala using forged documents. A police team carried out a series of raids at some travel agencies on Barakhamba Road here and arrested three agents, Manoj Pandey, Jitender Mohan and Mohan Lal, on June 23. “Incriminating documents, 152 passportsand Rs. 2.89 lakh in cash were seized,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Neeraj Thakur.
Mr. Thakur said the accused used to get visas for countries like Malaysia and Singapore for their clients after tampering with their passports and using forged documents that enhanced their financial and personal profiles. They would then send their clients to the Latin American countries that offered “visa on arrival” facility.
The travel agents would facilitate illegal entry of their clients to the US via the Mexico border with the help of local agents, following which the accused would receive payments through their relatives. The gang was active for the past seven months and had trafficked over 100 people in the past one year.
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