Tanzanian immigration authorities said on Friday they had arrested 45 citizens within the past 11 months in connection with running illegal human trafficking business
Anna Makakala, the Commissioner General of the Tanzania Immigration Services Department, said this at a news conference in the capital Dodoma.
Makakala said the 45 suspects have been arrested in different parts of the nation from January to November this year.
“Section 54 of the Immigration Services Act of 2015 provides for an imprisonment of 20 years or fines to the tune of 20 million Tanzanian shillings (about 8,625 dollars) or both to a person convicted on human trafficking,” she said.
She added that the 45 suspects were facing trial in courts, adding that during the past 11 months a total of 15,266 illegal immigrants were arrested in the country.
The commissioner said most of the more than 15,000 illegal immigrants were facilitated by the 45 Tanzanians to gain entry into the country without valid travel documents.
She warned people against involvement in human trafficking, saying those found dealing with the inhumane business will face the full force of law. (Xinhua/NAN)