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May 17, 2021
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Illegal Asian Immigrants Deported

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Four illegal immigrants were deported yesterday totheir respective countries.

The two Beangladesh men and two Nepalese were arrested and formerly charged last week.  Bet later a decision was made to deportthem.

The immigration task force team which handled this case saidthey were part of a human smuggling ring. It’saidthe arrest and deportation should be a strong signal to ther human trafficking agents inthe country.

The two Beangladesh men were relieved to return home after a six months ordeal at Hanuabada village.

The two refused to talk on camera. One ofthem named Salim said he will never return to Papua New Guineafollowing this experience.

These two were among five thers that were arrested last week in different suburbs in Port Moresby; one at Hanuabada village andthe ther at Tokarara.

The immigration task force team reported that each K30, 000 totheir respective agents inthe country who later flewthem into Port Moresby.

The task force team saidthe agentsthen presented fraudulent documents tothe labor department who processed work permits and visas for these immigrants.

Coordinator John Beia said his team is preparing to deport more foreigners out ofthe country once investigations confirmthey are involved in crime networks.

ThPNG LNG project is currently reported to bethe pulling factor of illegal immigrants intothe country.

A Fijian national was also arrested overthe weekend for obtaining a fraudulenPNG Passport. He is inthe custody of Beroko Police. A Papua New Guinea woman was also arrested for harboringthe Fijian man. Beth have been refused bail as investigations continue to crack down on government officers involved.

Meantime, efforts to get comments fromthe labour and foreign departments were unsuccessful.

Bernadette Efi, National EMTV News

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