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Reward Offer for Pakistani Human Smuggler


Burmese smuggler (C) along with Rohingya refugees in a boat in Chakmarkul. (File)

The State Department has announced two rewards for information regarding Pakistani national and human smuggler Abid Ali Kahn.

Reward Offer for Pakistani Human Smuggler
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The State Department has announced two rewards for information regarding Pakistani national and human smuggler Abid Ali Kahn.

The first reward of up to $1 million is offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Ali Khan, while a second $1 million reward is offered for information leading to the financial disruption of Ali Khan’s human smuggling network.

Ali Khan allegedly operates a Pakistan-based smuggling network that facilitates the travel of undocumented individuals into the United States from the Middle East and southwest Asia in exchange for payment. In addition to planning and coordinating the international travel from Pakistan through multiple countries, Ali Khan allegedly provided false documents for foreign nationals to use for travel.

Smuggling organizations like Ali Khan’s take advantage of vulnerable populations and gravely endanger the individuals being smuggled. Persons smuggled to the United States are often subject to perilous travel through South and Central America, which can involve many days of walking through difficult terrain with little food or water, with many falling victim to robbery and abuse during the journey.

On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a federal indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia charging Ali Khan with Conspiracy to Encourage and Induce an Alien to Unlawfully Enter the United States, Encouraging and Inducing an Alien to Unlawfully Enter the United States, and Bringing an Alien to the United States.

Also in April, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions against Ali Khan and the Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organization pursuant to Executive Order 13581 “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” stemming from the same criminal conduct.

These rewards are offered under the State Department’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program. More than 75 transnational criminals and major narcotics traffickers have been brought to justice under the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program and the Narcotics Rewards Program since 1986, with the Department paying more than $150 million in rewards to date.

To come forward with information on Abid Ali Khan, you may email abid_khan.tips@ice.dhs.gov, call 1-802-872-6199, or send a text via WhatsApp to +1-786-583-5997.

These reward offers demonstrate the United States’ commitment to combat transnational crime and bring major fugitives who operate outside the United States to justice.

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