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Human trafficking: CAAB finds involvement of two travel agencies

Despite several traffickers were arrested, their accomplices are continuing human trafficking

Update : 30 Oct 2020, 07:45 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has found the involvement of two travel agencies in human trafficking. 

The agencies----Ridom Tours & Travels and Mash Travels-- used their General Sales Agent (GSA) license for human trafficking to Middle East countries, according to CAAB officials.

The association issued show cause notices to the agencies after receiving a letter from Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in this regard.

The letters, signed by Group Captain Imranur Rahman -- director (flight standard and regulations) of CAAB, were sent to the managing directors of the agencies on October 10.

In the letters, the agencies were asked to provide explanations, along with proper documents, within 10 working days as to why they should not face action as per the law or their GSA licenses would not be cancelled.  

However, the authorities of the travel agencies have not responded yet. 

“We will give them some more time and take action after reviewing the information and documents the agencies will provide,” said Imranur Rahman. 

The letter from ACC

According to ACC, some travel agencies, including Ridom Tours & Travels, have amassed illegal wealth by involving them with human trafficking. An ACC intelligence team is working to arrest the members of this syndicate. For a long time, Ridom Tours & Travels used their GSA license to traffic humans from Bangladesh through various companies and airlines, said the letter sent by ACC. 

Most of the people, being trafficked, were sent to India by road or to Ethiopia in Africa by Ethiopian Airlines.  

On May 28, some 26 Bangladeshis were killed and 11 others injured in a gun attack by human traffickers in the desert town of Mizdah, some 180km from Tripoli, the capital of Libya.  

Later, police arrested several people including Sohag Hossain, director of Ridom Tours & Travels. 

Using GSA license for human trafficking is a new strategy of the traffickers. Despite many being arrested, including Sohag, their accomplices have continued human trafficking, the letter added.

The CAAB already found evidence that the syndicate has continued human trafficking by buying and using the ownership of various travel agencies. 

Sohag and his accomplices were also found to be involved with the GSA of four airlines – Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines Cambodia Airways and Vistara.

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