Delhi airport: After brassiere rims and baby strollers, gold hidden in rectum of women
Custom officials seized about 2.4 kg gold worth Rs71 lakh from two women passengers. A total of 12 small gold bars have been recovered and customs said that women were trained to insert gold in their rectum.delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2017 00:08 IST
Increased vigil at airports has made gold smugglers more creative. After brassiere rims and baby strollers, they are now training women to insert gold bars in their rectum.
The smugglers are using a network of international and domestic flights to deceive customs officials and smuggle gold. They change from an international flight to a domestic one before flying in to Delhi. Of the three such cases detected across India, two were reported at the Delhi airport.
Custom officials seized about 2.4 kg gold worth Rs71 lakh from two women passengers. A total of 12 small gold bars have been recovered and customs said that women were trained to insert gold in their rectum.
“At Delhi airport, we caught a woman passenger from Thiruvananthapuram (with gold bars in her body). It was revealed that six gold bars were brought by a male passenger from Bangkok, he travelled to Maldives and then went to Thiruvananthapuram, where he handed over the gold bars to the woman passenger in the plane. The woman put the gold bar in her rectum inside the plane’s toilet,” said a customs official.
Since domestic passengers are not scanned by customs, the smugglers were using a chain of international and domestic flights to sneak in gold. Customs official said that both women held are from Maharashtra and in the age group of 30-35 years.
“In the second case as well, the gold came from Bangkok and after going to another international destination, the male passenger went to Chennai from where a woman passenger joined him and then they came to Delhi. Since, we had prior input and scanners alerted presence of metal in the body, the woman confessed to smuggling (gold),” the official added.
Customs officials say increased vigil has forced smugglers to become more creative in sneaking past security. There have been cases of gold stitched into brassiere, stuffed in perambulator rods, tied to thigh guards and waists.
Against 6.6kg of gold seized in 2012-13, the quantity of gold seized in 2013-14 increased to 384 kg and reached on an all-time high with 574kg in 2014-15. However, the gold seizures started falling in 2015-16 with 450 kg and just 260 kg in 2016-17.
In the past few months, customs have come across smugglers’ unique modus operandi where gold was concealed in everything from diapers to papayas.
Two weeks back, customs caught a passenger with just a pen, a shirt, a pair of jeans, a harmonica, a purse and an umbrella for luggage. Close inspection revealed that the nib of the pen, the buttons of the shirt and pair of jeans, interior bits of the harmonica, the metallic rim of the purse, and the skeleton of umbrella, all were made of gold.
Few months back, customs arrested two Uzbek women who had concealed gold in their undergarments.