CID launches special probes into cyber slavery incident in Myanmar
Colombo (LNW): The Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling, and Maritime Crimes Division of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have initiated two special probes into the disturbing incident of cyber slavery involving a group of Sri Lankans in Myanmar, Police said.
Ongoing investigations are focusing on four suspects, including three Sri Lankans and a Chinese national, based on four complaints received by the police, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa noted.
The victims of the event, primarily Sri Lankan youths, have reportedly been facing this tragic circumstance since 2022.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously rescued 32 such Sri Lankans on multiple occasions.
In response to the dire situation, the Ministry has sought the assistance of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Yangon to rescue those currently enslaved in Myanmar.
Amidst these developments, the Police are urging the public to exercise caution when considering overseas employment on tourist visas.
Meanwhile, the CID revealed that three individuals engaged in the trafficking of Sri Lankans to Myanmar have been identified through ongoing investigations. These individuals, residents of Aralaganwila, Wathuregama, and Dorathiyawa areas, are reported to have fled their locations. The investigations into these cases continue to unfold as authorities work to address the human trafficking network and ensure the welfare of the victims.