Munambam human trafficking: No clues about missing persons
Kochi: Even when the police seek help of Interpol for the investigation into Munambam human trafficking, there are no clues about the missing persons. It has been four months since 250 persons were trafficked in an ordinary fishing boat from the Kerala shores.
In addition to the special branch team of Kerala Police, Tamil Nadu Q Branch, IB and Military Intelligence also investigated into the incident but in vain. There were suspicions that the people reached various countries like Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Algeria.
The police seriously considered the statement of the Navy that such a huge number of persons cannot be safely transported to Australia in a fishing boat. Later, they extended the search to Malaysia and Indonesia but could not find them and this hindered further probe.
According to the latest information, the people have reached Algeria in Africa. The police investigated focussing on the phone calls from Algeria. Though the police collected more details from the Ministry of External Affairs, the information could not be confirmed.
The probe regarding the chances of trafficking the persons to Christmas Island in Australia also seems to have stopped. Those who enter Christmas Island surrender before Australian police. If no other cases are proved against the persons, they will be released after three months of imprisonment.
Later, these persons will also be granted permission to reside in Australia. However, since the immigration rules are made strict in Australia, human trafficking will not be as easy as expected.