Malaysia arrests 3 Lankan people smugglers
January 11, 2019
Malaysian police have dismantled an international human trafficking syndicate involving three Sri Lankans that were shipping migrants, including children, through Malaysia to Australia and New Zealand.
The three Lankan men suspected of being traffickers were arrested for unlawfully entering and exiting Malaysia and are being investigated for violating immigration rules of the Immigration Act.
The Inspector General of Police of Malaysia said 24 Sri Lankan migrants, 12 men, eight women, two boys and two girls and 10 Indian citizens, four men, three women, and three girls were rescued.
He said investigations showed the syndicate purchased a yacht and was in the process of buying three boat engines to smuggle the migrants to Australia and New Zealand.
Issuing a statement the Malaysia IGP said upon detention, Police successfully foiled a human trafficking syndicate in Malaysia that has been operating since mid-2018, with international networks across Sri Lanka, India, Australia and New Zealand.