Thứ Ba, 24 tháng 6, 2014

Forgery ring faked NZ visas

A fake passport and visa ring busted in India could have

helped illegal aliens sneak into New Zealand, authorities


Forgers had made visas for nearly 150 countries and illegally

sent more than 100 people to Europe, Britain, the US, Canada,

Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, police have told
The Hindu newspaper.

A tip-off to police earlier this month led a special central

crime branch unit to two Sri lankan nationals they believed

had been running a “thriving” fake passport and visa racket

for the last four years.

Officers then raided the forgery headquarters in Chennai, The

Hindu reports, where they seized seals of visas for 150

countries, as well as 110 passports including fake and

invalid Indian and Sri Lankan ones.

Police say the scheme involved “procuring invalid Indian

passports” for around NZ$60 and printing fake visas on them.

The Hindu says police fear the gang may have been helped by

some immigration authority insiders.

Four people were arrested on Sunday and remanded in custody

at Chennai’s Puzhal prison.

Yesterday, a US State Department report was released which

claimed New Zealand is a “destination country” for foreign

men and women subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.

The department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report has also

labelled New Zealand as a source country for children

subjected to sex trafficking within the country.

Foreign men from Indonesia aboard foreign-flagged fishing

vessels in New Zealand territorial waters were also subjected

to forced labor, debt bondage, confiscation of passports,

imposition of significant debts, poor living and working

conditions, and physical and sexual abuse, the report stated.

While New Zealand’s Government fully complied with the

minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the

report criticised the Government for not prosecuting any

trafficking offenders in the last eight years.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said new legislation

was in the pipeline to enable further action to be taken

“should evidence of trafficking emerge”.

“Although all notified allegations of trafficking are

investigated, there have been no substantiated cases of

people trafficking.

“However, we remain alert to the possibility.”

By Kurt Bayer of APNZ

Forgery ring faked NZ visas

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