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Authorities uncover human smuggling in Port Moresby

Five Bengladesh nationals in Port Moresby were apprehended bythe Task Force team after a raid into Hanuabada village over human smuggling.

The raid was conducted yesterday and three men were apprehended. The fourth man was ill and lying down helpless onthe floor in a room.

Another Beangladesh National who claims to be a citizen is alleged to have smuggledthe four men intothe country.

The suspects saythey pay thirty thousand kina each to a man named Mamhud to come intothe country and start up a supermarket business.

However,their dreams were shattered whenthey arrived and were left to live inthe slums for the last six months at Hanuabada village inthe Central Province.

The task force team saidthe Mamhud enterprise is a ghost business and investigations are continuing. However, Mamhud said this is not true.

The task force team said intelligence report indicatesthe existence of various human smuggling rackets inthe country.

The team said with news ofthe boom inthe national economy withthe likes ofthe multibillion kin PNG LNG project come 2014; many are keen to ripthe benefits and are coming intothe country through illegal means.

Members ofthe task force team comprised of immigration and police intelligence officers.

They described this as a professional human smuggling activity.

Bernadette Efi, National EMTV News

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