3 held for human trafficking to Europe

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 12:29, May 17,2019 | Updated: 02:35, May 18,2019

 
 

Migrants are seen in a boat as they are rescued by Libyan coast guards in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, on January 15, 2018. — Reuters file photo

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested three suspected members of a human trafficking gang from the capital on Friday.
The arrests were made following the deaths of Bangladeshis in a recent boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.
Tipped off, a team of RAB-1 conducted drives in different parts of the capital, including Abdullahpur, Khilkhet and Airport areas and arrested the men, said sources at RAB Headquarters.
They have been named as Md Akkas Matobbar, 39, of Shariatpur, Enamul Hoque Talukder, 46, of Sylhet, and Abdur Rajjak Bhuiyan, 34, of Brahmanbaria.
During initial interrogation, they reportedly confessed to sending people to Europe by collaborating with a foreign syndicate.
They enticed people with promises of jobs, said RAB legal and media wing director Mufti Mahmud Khan.
The syndicate first sent people to Libya from Bangladesh. From there, they were sent to Europe, he said.
Each migrant had to pay between Tk 7 and 8 lakh. Of them, Tk 4.5-5 lakh had to be paid before going to Libya and the rest after reaching there.

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