Lahore: Eleven Chinese were among 13 suspects remanded in custody by a Lahore court on Thursday for a probe into a transnational gang allegedly involved in forced prostitution of Pakistani girls and running an organ trade racket. Judicial Magistrate Amir Raza directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials to complete the probe within two days and produce the suspects in court on May 11. During the last few days, the FIA) has arrested more than 40 Chinese nationals and 15 of their local facilitators from Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faislabad cities for their alleged involvement in arranging fake marriages of Pakistani women, removing their organs and forcing them into prostitution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report
“On Thursday we raided a house in Johar Town on the complaint of victim bride Amna Nazir and arrested 11 Chinese men and two of their local facilitator,” FIA senior officer Waqar Abbasi told PTI. He said the girls who got married to Chinese men stayed in this house before leaving for China. “Last week four Chinese nationals along with their Pakistani wives departed to China,” Abbasi said. The FIA has made dozens of arrests of Chinese nationals in the Punjab province amid reports that hundreds of Pakistani women, many of them belonging to less privileged Christian families, have already been trafficked after being trapped into fake marriages. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe agency has the record of some 95 girls who have travelled to China after marrying Chinese nationals. It said the Chinese gang would target poor families, mostly Christians, in different cities of Punjab. “The gang would bear all expenses of the marriage and also give cash and gifts to the bride’s family,” the FIA said, adding the Chinese nationals used to claim themselves as Chritians or Muslims with the help of fake conversion certificates to cheat the Pakistani families. The Chinese men paid cash and gold ornaments to the Pakistani facilitators for marriage with Pakistani girls. The FIA has registered an FIR against the suspects under under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, it said. The agency has been conducting raids to recover the remaining four women who were allegedly married off to Chinese men. Hundreds of Chinese have come to live in Pakistan in connection with various development work undertaken by the Chinese companies under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).