The human traffickers targeted in this operation are reported to be responsible for the illicit smuggling of scores of individuals
Seven Brazil-based Bangladeshis were arrested on Thursday in Brazil, in a joint operation conducted by US Brazilian law enforcement authorities against human trafficking rings in Brazil.
Brazil Federal Police (DPF) arrested Saifullah Al-Mamun alias, Saiful Al-Mamun, 32, as a part of “Brazilian takedown of significant alien smugglers” on Thursday who was charged in a US Court, said a press release issued by the US Department of Justice.
The Brazilian police also arrested six other Brazil-based Bangladeshis on human trafficking charges. They are Saiful Islam, 32, Tamoor Khalid, 31, Nazrul Islam, 41, Mohammad Ifran Chaudhary, 39, Mohammad Nizam Uddin, 28, and Md Bulbul Hossain, 36.
The human traffickers targeted in this operation are reported to be responsible for the illicit smuggling of scores of individuals from South Asia and elsewhere, into Brazil, and ultimately to the United States.
Saiful, a Sao Paulo based Bangladeshi businessman was later charged in a Texas court on eight counts of conspiracy and smuggling aliens into the US, said the US Justice Department. He is the only one among the seven to be charged in a US court.
According to the indictment, Saiful reportedly housed hopeful migrants in Sao Paulo, Brazil and arranged for their travel through a network of smugglers operating out of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico to the US.
“Today’s indictment shows our commitment to prosecute here in the United States those alien smugglers who put our country’s public safety at risk by attempting to thwart our system of legal immigration,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Last August, two other Bangladeshi nationals, Milon Miah and Moktar Hossain, were arrested in the US on similar charges.