Officials reported Tuesday that the Taliban had captured a guy for allegedly selling scores of women in northern Afghanistan after duping them into believing they would marry for money.
According to Damullah Seraj, the Taliban regional police chief, the individual was seized late Monday in northern Jawzjan province.
“We are still in our initial stages of the investigation. We hope to find out more about this case later,” he said.
The man would target underprivileged ladies trying to improve their conditions, according to Mohammad Sardar Mubariz, a district police commander in Jawzjan.
After promising to find them a wealthy husband, he relocated them to another area, where they were sold into slavery.
He is accused of trafficking roughly 130 women in this manner.
Crime, nepotism, and corruption are not new in Afghanistan, but the Taliban government’s claim to legitimacy is being eroded by mounting poverty.
The Taliban have been attempting to limit a rash of crimes such as robberies and kidnappings in the larger towns since their return to power around three months ago.
The Taliban interior ministry announced on Tuesday that 60 persons, including members of the passport department, had been arrested for falsifying documents in order to get passports.
The ministry announced that the passport office in Kabul would be temporarily closed for renovations.