“Human trafficking,” France grounds a plane carrying 303 Indians headed for Nicaragua

The Romanian charter business was operating the flight, which had taken off from Dubai. Authorities in France have delayed a plane that was headed for Nicaragua and included over 300 Indian passengers due to possible “human trafficking,” according to AFP news agency.

Prosecutors in Paris stated that the plane, which was reportedly carrying 303 Indian passengers, was seized through an anonymous tip. A legal inquiry into the circumstances and goals of the trip has been initiated, according to local media and news agency Reuters, which cited the plane’s departure from the United Arab Emirates.

Investigators were looking at possible cases of human trafficking:

The flight had left from Dubai and was operated by a Romanian charter company. When police interfered, it made a tricky landing at the little Vatry airfield. At first, the passengers were permitted to stay in the aircraft, but subsequently, the arrival lounge at the airport was converted into a waiting area furnished with mattresses,”To provide passengers the best possible reception conditions, the Vatry airport reception hall was transformed into a waiting area with individual beds,” according to police.

As an inquiry into the reason for the trip has been initiated, reports stated that a number of people are detained in the airport, which police have cordoned off. According to local authorities, some of the passengers may have been undocumented immigrants, as reported by the BBC. Prosecutors indicated that the investigation has been taken over by France’s national anti-organized crime unit JUNALCO, as reported by AFP. Legend Airlines, a Romanian airline, said that the A340 “remained grounded on the tarmac at Vatry airport following its landing.”

The Indian passengers may have intended to travel to Central America in order to attempt an unauthorised entry into the United States or Canada, according to AFP, which cited sources for this information.


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