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Immigration deports Bangladeshi illegal recruiter

Ahmed Aiham
14 September 2019, MVT 12:02
The suspected human trafficker Shafiqul Islam as a store clerk prior to his deportation. PHOTO: MALDIVES IMMIGRATION SERVICE
Ahmed Aiham
14 September 2019, MVT 12:02

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.

Maldives Immigration Service tweets regarding Shafeegul Islam's detention and subsequent deportation. PHOTO: TWITTER

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.

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