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24.02.2005 General News

Ghana smashes Chinese human-trafficking ring

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Ghana smashes Chinese human-trafficking ring
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...Chinese woman arrested A Chinese woman who allegedly exploited the Ghana Free Zones programme to engage in human trafficking has been arrested by officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). The officers also rescued seven of such traffickees, all Chinese, on Monday, upon a tip-off. Briefing the paper after the arrest of the suspect, Lin Xianghan, 45, Ms Elizabeth Adjei, director of the GIS, said the suspect was found to be the link person for a Chinese syndicate which trafficked in people of Asian origin, with the final destination of the traffickees being the United States of America or Europe. Ms Adjei said the suspect's husband, who was based in China, was responsible for recruiting the traffickees and sending them to Ghana. Lin Xianghan had registered a company, AL-Lus Company, in Ghana and applied to the Free Zones Board for a licence to operate, but had started operating while waiting the final approval of her application from the board. The director of the GIS said the victims, who were rescued, would be deported by the close of the week while the suspect would be prosecuted.