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Sri Lankan police Wednesday busted a human trafficking attempt by arresting a group of 27 Afghans Pakistanis in Colombo and Negombo. According to Police they are believed to be heading towards Australia via Sri Lanka
He said 21 Afghans and five Pakistani nationals arrested on shore were suspected of using Sri Lanka as a transit point.
"We have seen an increase in the attempts by people smugglers to take boatloads of people to Australia in recent months," Rohana has said AFP.
Late last month, police busted another people-smuggling ring and arrested 113 men who were preparing to board a trawler heading for Australia.
A senior naval official told AFP that authorities expected an increase in illegal boat operations from Sri Lanka to Australia after an Australian court shot down a local scheme to send illegal immigrants to Malaysia.