Maldives Immigration, on Friday, deported an expatriate found to be illegal recruiting immigrant workers.
Immigration identified the man as 49-year-old Bangladeshi national Shafiqul Islam, responsible for allegedly coordinating a large-scale recruitment ring that resulted in a large number of persons trafficked into the country.
According to Immigration Controller Mohamed Ahmed Hussain, Islam was deported as part of the ongoing operation to reduce undocumented and illegal foreign workers.
Immigration revealed that 63,000 of the 144,607 expatriates living in Maldives under a work visa do not possess the proper documentation.
In May, the institution announced that 24 out of 67 companies investigated under suspicion of presenting falsified documents to recruit foreigners were reported to Maldives Police Service for human trafficking.