CID nabs sex trafficking ringleader, 2 others

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:16, Jul 12,2020 | Updated: 01:27, Jul 13,2020


CID places suspected human traffickers Azam Khan, Anwar Hossain and Al Amin before media at CID headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

The Criminal Investigation Department of police has arrested the ringleader and two other members of a human trafficking racket that forced young women into prostitution in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates after trafficking them as tourists.

The arrested ringleader is Azam Khan and his associates are Anwar Hossain and Al Amin.

Azam owned four hotels in Dubai, but recently was expelled from UAE after the authorities had unearthed his criminal activities.

CID deputy inspector general (Organized Crime Unit) Imtiaz Ahmed at a press briefing at the CID headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday said that Azam and his racket had been trafficking young women to Dubai for years.

Several hundred women, mostly aged between 20 to 22 years old, were trafficked to the country, some at free.

In Dubai, Azam primarily employed the women in hotel jobs and then forced them into working for dance bars before ended up joining into prostitution.

The CID officer said that they filed a case with Lalbagh Police Station on July 2 and Azam Khan, meanwhile, confessed to the trafficking.

Police, however, did not disclose the date and location of their arrest.

In Dubai, Azam has four hotels — Hotel Fortune Royal, Fortune Grand Hotel, City Tower Hotel and Fortune Pearl Hotel and Dance Club. First three of these are four-star standard, DIG Imtiaz said.

Azam trafficked in more than 1,000 women in the last eight years, luring them into jobs with payment of up to Tk 50,000 per month, he said.

There are several travel agencies, two foreign airlines, and more than 50 brokers among his associates in Bangladesh, Imtiaz continued.

Azam himself used to work on human trafficking tactics. His two brothers also work as his accomplices and they have gone into hiding in Dubai, Imtiaz said.

The Bangladesh Embassy in the UAE confiscated Azam’s passport after the country brought allegation of human trafficking against him, Imtiaz said, adding that Azam was sent back to Bangladesh with an out pass letter.

Azam’s mobile phone had audio clips of over one hundred women who were requesting him to let them return to Bangladesh, he added.

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