The City Police team probing the human trafficking racket headed by a priest is all set to file charges in the court.
The team under Amoose Mammen, Assistant Commissioner of Police, District Crime Records Bureau, has completed the investigation and framed the case against six persons. The case was that Fr. Jaison Kollanur, former secretary of the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement, colluded with five others to smuggle out unskilled people to the United States.
The first two accused, Tom Baby, chief executive officer of Shadwell, a coaching centre based at an export promotion park at Kakkanad; and his human resource manager Suby Kurian, used the cover of their institution to organise the human trafficking, the police said. The institution offered training for the course offered by the U.K.-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Fr. Kollanur had toured many countries and realised the possibility of sending people to the West during his visit to the World Youth Conference in Canada in 2012, according to the charges. The accused employed agents to spot prospective clients among the financially backward sections along the coastal belt.
The idea was to offer those selected tourist visas for the duration of a few weeks. The accused allegedly collected Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6.5 lakh, depending on the package provided, under the assurance that the clients would be taken across the U.S. border. The illegal immigrants would be left on their own once inside the country of destination.
However, the plan went awry when clients Mariadasan Raju, Ajiv Andrews, Jipson Thomas and Prince Lopez, all belonging to Thiruvananthapuram and presented as permanent employees of Shadwell, were detected during visa interviews at the U.S. Consulate, Chennai. They had applied for visas as participants of an educational conference at NASA, Houston.
On the basis of a complaint by consulate authorities, a case was registered and the accused were arrested.
Keywords: Kerala human trafficking cases