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Iran discovers 139 cases of human trafficking in 5 months

Tehran, Some 139 cases of human trafficking have been discovered at the Iranian border crossings since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2018), said a statement by Iran's customs department.

Out of the total number, some 21 cases were found last week (ended on Friday August 10), announced the statement released by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration (IRICA).

It said that most of the cases were discovered in form of shipments leaving the country at the Bazargan border which locates near the city of Maku in the West Azarbaijan Province, northwestern Iran.

Bazargan is the most important Iranian ground border for importing and exporting.

Four Iranians (including three teenagers), eight Pakistani, an afghan couple, three Bangladeshis, and two Guineans were among them, the statement added.

Although human trafficking is a very high-risk task, traffickers receive large amounts of money and try to transport illegal migrants, especially after midnight.

According to the IRICA statement, using advanced equipment by the Iranian customs offices at the border points all over the country has increased the number of discoveries of human trafficking cases.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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