Chinese embassy in Islamabad responds over media reports of Chinese national run illegal marriage bureaus

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Chinese embassy in Islamabad responds over media reports of Chinese national run illegal marriage bureaus

ISLAMABAD - Seven more people – including three Chinese nationals – were arrested on Tuesday as the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) continues its crackdown on a gang allegedly involved in the trafficking of women to China for prostitution. The FIA identified the arrested suspects as Song Chuaoyang (ring leader), Rafique Hussain (translator and manager), Sajid (facilitator), Guyong Da, Saima Mustafa, Fusing Bu and Saba Jahangir.

The raid — which was conducted under the supervision of FIA Anti-Human Trafficking Cell Rawalpindi’s Deputy Director Kamran Ali — took place after two women, Tayyaba Gul and Beenish Rasheed, appeared before the director general of FIA to tip the agency off regarding the gang’s activities.

The arrests come a week after Human Rights Watch said Pakistan should be alarmed by recent reports of trafficking of women and girls to China. It said the allegations were disturbingly similar to the pattern of trafficking of “brides” to China from at least five other Asian countries.

The Chinese embassy in Islamabad has also raised the alarm over illegal, cross-border matchmaking services that are often a front for human trafficking.

Last month, it issued a statement condemning reports of the existence of bureaus orchestrating illegal marriages.

“China is working together with the Pakistani government and law enforcement agencies to track these illegal marriage centres,” the statement said.

The embassy has denied reports that the women were being trafficked for the sale of their organs as “misleading and groundless”.