Pakistan to reopen foreign offices to curb human trafficking

January 23rd, 2012 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 23 (IANS) Pakistan is likely to reopen its Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) liaison offices, closed down about a decade ago, in 11 countries in a bid to curb human trafficking and deal with immigration issues, the Dawn reported.

According to an official, the FIA which plays a big role in combating terrorism, corruption and human trafficking and policing copyright infringement, has submitted a proposal to the interior ministry in this regard.

“Once the proposal is approved by the interior ministry after getting comments from the foreign ministry, the link (liaison) offices will be made operational in the countries where they had been closed down.”

He said the decision was taken in view of rising cases of human trafficking that had become a global concern.

The link offices, he said, were operational arms of the FIA in curbing human trafficking. They will be reopened in New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, among other cities.

According to a federal security official, the FIA recently relocated one of its link offices from Oman to Dubai.

The official said frequent destinations for human traffickers were the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Britain, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Scandinavian countries that include Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

“Human trafficking to the US is now very limited because of strict border control measures put in place by their customs and border protection departments after the 9/11 attacks. Besides, the US is no more a favourite destination for illegal skilled or unskilled labour,” the official added.

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