Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) officials and the police yesterday (March 24) busted a human trafficking network and rescued six teenage girls, who were forcibly detained for more than six months.
Three sub-agents were arrested during the raid on several lodges in Maradana. Those rescued had come to the sub-agents seeking job opportunities in Middle Eastern countries.
Preliminary investigations had revealed that the sub-agents had arranged forged travel documents for the victims and promised to send them for Middle Eastern countries through the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).
FEB sources said some of girls were between the ages of 17 and 20 and residents of Empilipitiya, Monaragala and Deniyaya.