Thursday, March 15, 2007

Kidnapping of women on the rise in Takhar, Afghanistan

The following is a translation from the Pushtu. Troubling news.

Kidnapping of women on the rise in Takhar

Abdul Matin Sarfaraz
Pajhwok Afghan News

Gangs of women traffickers were operative in the northern province of Takhar, officials said on Wednesday.

Members of the gang, mostly women, first kidnap women and then use them in drug trafficking, said Razm Ara Hawash, head of the women affairs department in the province.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, she said members of the network dupe simple women through false promises of handsome earnings and then forced them into drug trafficking.

She said they had received reports about abduction of many women in this way. The drug mafia use them for trafficking of narcotics to the neighboring Tajikistan, she informed.

A mother of seven was recently kidnapped by two female members of the gang from her house, said Hawosh. She said husband of the beguiled woman Ghulam Hassan had reported the incident to the women affairs department.

After coming to know about the incident, Hawosh said they had informed the local police to search and arrest the gang, but nothing had been done so far. She demanded of the law-enforcement agencies to recover the kidnapped women and arrest the people involved in the crime.

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