295 Bangladeshis trafficked to Indonesia by air for 3rd country

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:00, Feb 17,2019


Promising jobs in Malaysia 295 Bangladeshis were trafficked to Indonesia by air said the victims on return home.
On return the victims narrated harrowing experiences they suffered during month long travails including detention in a warehouse in the Indonesian city of Medan where they were forced to use only one bathroom and drink water in it.
The victims from the rural areas were trapped by traffickers with overseas jobs, they said.
Many of the victims were recently rescued by the Indonesian authorities, said Bangladesh embassy officials in Jakarta.
And they are returning home in groups Bangladesh ambassador in Jakarta major general Azmal Kabir told New Age Saturday.
Their return passages were borne by their families or they themselves bought their return tickets.
The ambassador said that the traffickers were trying to send the victims to 3rd countries.
On Friday night, 15 victims returned from Medan, Indonesia to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
One of them, Delwar Hossain, a farmer of Ramchandrapur, Sharsha, Jassore told New Age that a broker from the capital promised him a job in Malaysia and asked him to pay Tk 2.5 lakh after reaching Malaysia.
Delwar said that his journey to Indonesia, via Kuala Lumpur and Bali sponsored by the broker began on the night of January 17.
He said that he and the other Bangladeshis spent two days in Bali from where Indonesian brokers took the group of 32 Bangladeshis to Jakarta by bus.
From Jakarta the group was taken to Medan where he said he found over 250 Bangladeshis.
In Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province the Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked in a suffocating warehouse.
Delwar said that at least 110 victims returned to Bangladesh in five batches and the rest were waiting to come back.
Yasir Arafat, 16, of Senbangha Bari, Belkuchi, Sirajganj returned home Friday night and his paternal aunt told New Age that he skipped his SSC Examinations being trapped by local broker Ruhul Amin offering a job in Malaysia.
She said that the broker took Tk 60,000 from the family.
Wage Earners’ Welfare Board officials manning the welfare desk at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said that the victims had no job visas.
Most of the victims were from Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Sirajganj and Jashore where human trafficking began in 2015, they said.
According to statistics of the Police Headquarters’ Human Trafficking Cell at least 4,414 trafficking cases were filed under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act since 2012.
Over 8,000 men, women and children became victims of trafficking from January 2013 to November 2018, shows the police data.
At least 6,758 traffickers were arrested but only 29 of them were convicted, according to the Police Headquarters’ Human Trafficking Cell.

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