The Federal Investigation Agency said on Tuesday that over 4500 cases of human trafficking were registered last year and at least 1600 human traffickers were arrested from across Pakistan.
Many Pakistani men leave their homes for Europe every year to earn bread and butter for their family and to seek a better lifestyle. But they choose the illegal way to go there.
As per reports, Pakistan’s cities Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat and Gujranwala are considered as safe heavens for human traffickers.
Two victims of human trafficking, Azhar and Arshad from Mandi Bahauddin also wanted to reach Europe to find work. They went but never returned.
While talking to a local news channel, Azhar’s brother Mazhar said his brother used to talk about good education about him and wanted his sisters to get married. That is why, he left home but never came back. Mazhar told that Azhar and Arshad reportedly drowned after their boat capsized near Greece.
Arshad’s sister told the local channel that seven people from her village left to find work for Europe and they all are still missing. She urged the media to her find Arshad.
Another victim of human trafficking, Sajid Ali, a resident of Gujrat wanted to work in Europe to cope up with his financial difficulties at home.
“I spoke with my friend and he said we should go to Europe,” Sajid told the local news channelcourtesy: Samaa
According to Sajid, one of his friend took him to an agent who had agreed to take him to Turkey for Rs 300,000.
“They took us to Iran by road and from Iran, we took 17 days to reach Turkey.”courtesy: Samaa
While recalling his journey, Sajid said they even had to walk through difficult terrains for as long as four hours and had nothing to eat or drink.
After they reached Turkey, their hideout was raided by the Turkish police and was deported to Pakistan.
More than 100,000 Pakistanis have illegally entered various cities of Europe in the last 10 years, as per an international agency’s report.
According to the Pakistani law, illegal immigration is punishable by at least five years.
“If the accused repeats the crime then they could face seven years in jail,” said Khalid Naeem, a former FIA prosecutor. “A person, found guilty of human trafficking, can be sentenced to 14 years in prison.”