Immigrant hostages rescued by police

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 14:58:51 -0800 (PST)


Immigrant hostages rescued by police
BY PAUL ROWINSKI
The (London) Times, December 7, 1998

POLICE have rescued five Chinese hostages who had been beaten and locked in
a small room for several days after being smuggled into the country.

The three men and two women were struck while their captors spoke to their
relatives by telephone. Their families could hear their cries for mercy,
police said.

The incident is being treated as a wider Triad-organised immigration
racket, with hostages being held until relatives pay ransom money.

Officers burst into an address in Bow, East London, on Saturday night,
after a three-day operation. The police were acting on information from
similar kidnappings and were in time to save the hostages from any serious
injury.

Three Vietnamese men were arrested at the scene and are being questioned by
police.

The five Chinese were recovering from their ordeal in police custody last
night.


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