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Journalist seeks action against ‘human trafficker’

By Our Correspondent
June 24, 2024
This representational image shows people on a boat travelling by sea from their respective countries. — AFP/File
This representational image shows people on a boat travelling by sea from their respective countries. — AFP/File

KHAR: A local journalist has appealed to the government, police and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to help secure the release his son from a Libyan prison and take action against the alleged human trafficker.

Talking to reporters, senior journalist Said Badshah Sailab alleged that a local human smuggler took his 16-year-old son Muhammad Younas Khan to Libya for an onward journey to Italy.

He said that his son was kidnapped by other human traffickers after spending a few days in Libya, who was later recovered by local police. The journalist said he was put in prison for several months and later released but he was again kidnapped by human smugglers.

He said that he contacted the alleged local human smuggler, who told him to pay Rs0.6 million as ransom for the release of his son. He added that he had paid a total of Rs3 million the alleged human smuggler. The journalist said the money was arranged and handed over to the alleged human trafficker but he was still employing delaying tactics to get his son released. Said Badshah Sailab said that he suffered a severe heart attack due to the profound grief caused by his son’s imprisonment in Libya and later went through open heart surgery but the agent was not ready to recover him.