Two more under arrest over Oman human trafficking ring
Two more suspects involved in the human trafficking to Oman have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department Tuesday (Nov. 22).
Earlier Tuesday, Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara told the parliament that the third officer of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in the human trafficking syndicate has been interdicted.
The officer in question will be placed under arrest upon arrival to Sri Lanka for further investigations, the lawmaker said further. Initiating a probe into the matter, a three-member team of the CID, led by the director of Human Trafficking, Smuggling Investigation and Maritime Crime Investigation Division, flew out to Oman on October 03.
The investigation officers, after recording statements from dozens of Sri Lankan women who are sheltered at a safe house belonging to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Muscat, uncovered that they had arrived in Oman on tourist visas. Meanwhile, a female representative of a foreign employment agency in Sri Lanka linked to the human trafficking ring was taken into custody after surrendering to the CID yesterday.