Hair smuggling in Hyderabad: ED findings just tip of iceberg | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: What the Enforcement Directorate found out in the Human Hair smuggling case is only the tip of the iceberg.
Notwithstanding the revised prices given by the Plastic Export Promotion Council for export, under-invoiced human hair is being sent out of the country through air cargo from metros. More people from Hyderabad who have not come under the scanner are involved in smuggling.
ED had recently booked FEMA case after conducting searches on around 10 human hair exporters for under-invoicing and hawala transactions.
Several key players in the smuggling are still operating from Hyderabad to Myanmar. Mizoram has emerged as a key transit point for banking operations for the racket.
A hair exporter told TOI: “Some declaring $60 in Indian customs. They are getting money through hawala only. Smugglers are trying to ship through other companies, which were not raided by ED. Several are operating from Parsigutta, LB Nagar, Nagole, Bowenpally and Yadagirigutta.”
Eluru Lok Sabha MP, Kotagiri Sridhar, in his letter to Prime Minister Narender Modi, said: “Around 99% human hair wigs and hair extension world-wide was once sourced from India because of the unique quality of hair. Myanmar and Bangladesh traders are now buying directly from middlemen. They are smuggling it out or importing from India at undervalued price of as little as one dollar per kg as against as actual price of $80 as verified in the recent export data. They then process the raw hair with cheap child labour within the border and dispatch it to China for manufacturing finished products, who in turn sells them as made in China.”
Sridhar further wrote, “In Eluru parliamentary constituency alone, over the last six years, 15,000 direct unskilled jobs were lost. This would run to 8,00,000 in the country. Representations were made to several agencies. There is a need to stop the smuggling to China via Myanmar.”


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