Four inter-state traffickers held, woman rescued

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Hyderabad, Feb 9 (PTI) A human trafficking racket has been busted by police here on Tuesday with the arrest of four people and a woman, allegedly being trafficked by them to Oman, was rescued.

Police raided a Tours and Travels office and nabbed the four, including two travel agents, who were trying to send the woman to Oman in a fraudulent manner on visiting visa instead of working visa, Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh M Bhagwat said.

The four, belonging to different districts of Andhra Pradesh and from Hyderabad along with few other absconding accused, used to lure innocent and needy people with high paying job offers and were sending them to Gulf countries in fraudulent manner on visiting visa instead of a working one, police said.

The employers allegedly used to exploit the victims like slaves under inhuman conditions, police said.

The four people arranged a visa and booked a flight ticket to Muscat, but the woman got suspicious over their activity and instead of boarding the scheduled flight on February 7, she escaped from the airport here and later alerted police.

The four arrested stated that they had recently sent five women to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Dubai and Qatar, police added.PTI VVK BN ADMINISTRATOR BN ADMINISTRATOR