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8 human traffickers held in Dhaka, 2 victims rescued

  • Published at 03:41 pm January 27th, 2020
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RAB presents eight members of an international human trafficking gang before media, after a special drive on Sunday, January 27, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

During a special drive on Monday, the elite force's RAB 11 unit rescued two victims, who were about to be trafficked by the international trafficking ring, said Additional Superintendent of Police, Rab-11, Alep Uddin to Dhaka Tribune

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested eight alleged members of an international human trafficking ring in the Kamrangirchar, Keraniganj, and Mugda areas of Dhaka.

During a special drive on Monday, the elite force's RAB 11 unit rescued two victims, who were about to be trafficked by the international trafficking ring, said Additional Superintendent of Police, Rab-11, Alep Uddin to Dhaka Tribune.

The arrestees are Md Shahabuddin, 37, Md Hridoy Ahmmed Kuddus, 35, Md Mamun, 24, Md Swapan Hossain, 20, Md Shipon, 22, Rizvi Hossain Opu, 27, Md Musa Jibon, 28, and Shilpi Akhter, 27. 

Shahabuddin is the owner of Dhanshiri Travel Agency, while other arrestees are the agents of his business.

RAB also seized 39 passports, photocopies of 66 passports, 18 air tickets, 36 visas, a CPU, and 19 mobile handsets from their possession.

"Following a primary investigation, we came to know that Sahabuddin, with the help of his agents, had been recruiting young women, aged between 15 to 25, with promises of high-paying jobs in various Middle Eastern countries. However, they were then sent to different dance bars," said Alep Uddin.

"They were even held captive in such places."

Over two thousand women were smuggled by the racket, the RAB official said.

"Shahabuddin had direct links with different dance clubs and bars in the Middle East. He used to traffic women with false promises of getting them jobs abroad,” he said.

He said the arrests already made were based on intelligence they’d received, and further investigations are on-going. The process of taking legal action against the arrestees is already underway, he added.

On November 23, 2019, RAB arrested six other members of the human trafficking ring from Narayanganj's Tarabo and rescued four other victims.