News: Reluctant Bride Kidnapped

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Subject: News: Reluctant Bride Kidnapped
From: Melanie Orhant (
Date: Tue Jan 05 1999 - 09:13:36 EST

should this be tried as a trafficking case????

Reluctant Bride Kidnapped
Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1999

BUFFALO, N.Y.--Two men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and trying to
smuggle into the United States a woman who refused an arranged marriage to
one of the men.

Wahid Nader, 29, and Jamal Nasser Aziz, 37, both natives of Afghanistan,
were arrested Friday after authorities at the U.S.-Canada border found the
woman bound and gagged in a car trunk.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol E. Heckman on Saturday ordered them held
without bail until at least Monday, when they are to attend a detention
hearing. They face kidnapping charges.

Authorities believe Mine Betoor was kidnapped after refusing marriage to
Nader, which had been arranged by her parents.

The two were arrested after an inspector at an Immigration and
Naturalization Service inspection booth at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara
Falls sensed something suspicious about Aziz, who was driving the car, and
asked him to open the trunk.

Inside, he discovered Nader and Ms. Betoor of Toronto, who was handcuffed.
Her feet were tied with ropes and a scarf was stuffed in her mouth.

Ms. Betoor, whose age was not released, told authorities that Aziz, her
uncle, threatened to kill her if she made noise or tried to escape. Ms.
Betoor was released after treatment at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical
Center for undisclosed injuries.

After refusing to travel to Nader's home in San Francisco to be married,
Ms. Betoor was knocked out with a blow to the head and imprisoned in the
basement of a home in Etobicoke, Ont., for more than two days before being
forced into the trunk, police said.

Melanie Orhant

Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590

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