At the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi this week, seven Nepalese women -three on one day and four the next – were caught trying to board a flight with forged documents. The women were attempting to reach Dubai, and two Air India staff were helping them avoid passport checks. The Central Industrial Security Force spokesman, Hemendra Singh, said:
“They arrived from Ahmedabad and were issued boarding passes for the Dubai flight of Air India at the international transfer counter. They tried to mislead our officials that they arrived here from Kathmandu.”
A 30-year-old Air India duty manager and a 28-year-old customer service executive have been arrested, and the women have been handed over to the Delhi police.
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- Two Air India staff, seven Nepalese held for human trafficking in Delhi
- Two Air India employees arrested for alleged human trafficking from Delhi airport
- Two Air India staff, seven Napalese held for human trafficking
- Corruption in some form is always a requirement in order for a human trafficking operation to be successful. While it’s too early to be sure, most likely the two airline staff members involved in this case were receiving some kind of material benefit from facilitating the transit.
- Not all cases of migrant smuggling are considered to be “human trafficking.” These women may have paid a smuggler to get them to Dubai, and sometimes smugglers stay true to their word and part ways once the migrant reaches their destination. However, in airports the line between smuggling and trafficking blurs quickly. A smuggling operation can quickly turn into human trafficking, if the migrant’s documents are withheld and they are sold once they land in a foreign country.
- The women in this case have been handed over to Delhi Police. The danger here is that they may be treated as criminals, not potential victims, putting them at risk for being re-targeted in the future.
- Since the Nepal earthquake, traffickers have targeted women and children in desperate circumstances, luring them across borders with the promise of “better opportunities.”