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Human Trafficking & Cyber Fraud Case – NIA chargesheets 5, including 2 Foreign Nationals

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New Delhi/Mumbai. Tightening its noose further around the human trafficking and cyber fraud syndicates operating within and outside the country, the NIA on Friday charge-sheeted five accused, including two foreign nationals, in a major case having international linkages.

Two of the charge-sheeted accused, Jerry Jacob and Godfrey Alvares, are under arrest and three others, Sunny Gonsalves, as well as foreign nationals Niu Niu & Elvis Du, are still absconding.

The chargesheet filed before NIA Special Court, Mumbai, has exposed the involvement of several foreign nationals in the case, in which the agency is continuing with its investigations.

As per NIA investigations, the accused were targeting youth who were proficient in computers and English language, and coercing them into working in fraudulent call centres on tourist visa for pecuniary gains. The victims were being recruited, transported and transferred from Bharat to the Golden Triangle SEZ in Lao PDR via Thailand. Upon arrival, the victims were trained in the use of Facebook, Telegram, basics of Cryptocurrency, and handling of Apps created by the scam company.

The powerful syndicates also used victim control tactics in case any of the trafficked youth refused to continue with the online fraud work. These tactics included isolation and restriction of movement, confiscation of personal travel documents and physical abuse, arbitrary fines, threat to kill, threat to rape in case of women, threat to arraign in false case of drugs in local police station etc.

The racket was being operated with complete audacity, with the accused even deleting the data of the victims’ mobile phones to destroy evidence. The victims faced threats if they approached the concerned Embassy or local authority. In some cases, the victims were held in scam compounds, confined without food for 3 to 7 days, and tortured if they refused to work. They were only released after extraction of extortion payments, ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 1,80,000, or intervention by the Embassy of Bharat in Lao PDR on complaints made by the victims.

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