CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network Exploiting Job Promises Abroad

CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network
CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network
CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network
CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network

CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network Exploiting Job Promises Abroad

CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network Exploiting Job Promises Abroad

CBI Busts Nationwide Human Trafficking Network Exploiting Job Promises Abroad

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launches a major crackdown on a human trafficking network operating across India, promising lucrative jobs abroad but allegedly sending victims to the Russia-Ukraine war zone.

In a significant operation, the CBI has registered a case against agents and visa consultancy firms involved in a nationwide human trafficking network. The agency is conducting simultaneous searches at approximately 13 locations in Delhi, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ambala, Chandigarh, Madurai, and Chennai.

Fraudulent Schemes and Targeting Vulnerable Victims

The firms identified in the alleged human trafficking network include 24×7 RAS Overseas Foundation in New Delhi, OSD Bros Travels & Visa Services Pvt Ltd in Mumbai, Adventure Visa Services Pvt Ltd in Chandigarh, and Baba Vlogs Overseas Recruitment Solutions Pvt Ltd in Dubai. The individuals associated with these firms, including directors like Suyash Mukut, Rakesh Pandey, Manjeet Singh, and Faisal Abdul Mutalib Khan alias Baba, are under investigation.

According to the CBI, this organized network operated by luring Indian nationals through social media channels and local contacts, promising highly paid jobs in Russia. Subsequently, the victims were allegedly trained in combat roles and deployed to the Russia-Ukraine War Zone against their wishes, putting their lives at significant risk. Some victims are reported to have sustained serious injuries in the war zone.

Operation Details and Seizure of Incriminating Evidence

The CBI registered a case of human trafficking on March 6 against private visa consultancy firms and agents involved in trafficking Indian nationals to Russia under the false pretense of better employment and high-paying jobs. The ongoing searches have resulted in the seizure of cash exceeding Rs 50 lakhs, along with incriminating documents and electronic records such as laptops, mobiles, desktops, and CCTV footage.

Several suspects have been detained for questioning, and approximately 35 instances of victims sent abroad have been established. The investigation is ongoing, and efforts are being made to identify more trafficking victims.

Public Awareness and Cautionary Note

The CBI has issued an appeal to the general public, urging them not to fall prey to false promises of jobs made by dubious recruitment agencies and agents. The crackdown on this human trafficking network underscores the need for vigilance and awareness to prevent vulnerable individuals from becoming victims of such fraudulent schemes.

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