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Immigration reports 24 companies for human trafficking

Mariyam Malsa
21 May 2019, MVT 19:57
Expatriate workers at a construction site. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
21 May 2019, MVT 19:57

Maldives Immigration on Monday announced that 24 out of 67 companies investigated under suspicion of presenting falsified documents to bring in foreigners to work on projects, were reported to the Police for human trafficking

According to Immigration, Police were given details of the owners of the 24 companies reported as well those of other employees who were found to have participated in acts of human trafficking.

Additionally, Immigration stated that shareholders of the 24 companies and other individuals related to the cases are barred from all expat-related services.

As part of Immigration's drive to stop crimes committed against expatriates, information regarding the suspected companies were also submitted to the Ministry of Economic Development.

Immigration revealed that 63,000 of the 144,607 expatriates living in Maldives under a work visa did not hold proper documentation. The issue of expatriates being brought into the country through deceitful means was also noted as a considerable issue.

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