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Sri Lanka is now being used as a transit point for human trafficking, the head of the country’s national counter trafficking unit said.

“Sri Lanka has been identified as a transit point for Pakistani and Afghan nationals to go to Australia. That is the new trend,” Prabath Aluthge, Head of the Counter Trafficking Unit at the Department of Immigration and Emigration told a panel discussion on the prevention of human trafficking and smuggling. The event was organised by the Sri Lanka Press Institute on Monday.

Aluthge also said the Department planned to introduce a biometric passport system, which would help stem the problem of human trafficking.
He said most asylum seekers were “economic migrants seeking greener pastures in lenient countries,” and explained that officials had detected several cases and returned them to the host country.(Ayesha Zuhair)
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  • sinhaya Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:05 AM

    These ppl did not go through Immigration dep at KIA. They took boats from the East.

    R.Dias Tuesday, 03 July 2012 03:05 PM

    We must have more harbours.....good income.....

    Kamal Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:31 PM

    Instead of becoming the HUB on world economy it has become the HUB of human trafficking..shame...is this what Aaasiyave Aaascharya some people are boasting around?

    brinthan Tuesday, 03 July 2012 05:05 PM

    It is true but to succeed this menace to minimize, the Immigration official at the airport should be offered full authority by government by law. Now Immigration not function as per law of the country. Criminal police do everything. their work collecting income for the country and stamping the PPT

    Humbug Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:21 AM

    But Minister Rambukwella states that this is not so but a 'conspiracy' to tarnish (what is left of) the country's image!! The Head of Counter Traffiking should watch out!!


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