Five more held over sex trafficking

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:21, Sep 28,2020 | Updated: 00:52, Sep 29,2020


The Criminal Investigation Department arrested five more people on suspicion of their role in a sex trafficking racket that lure women, mostly teenagers, into jobs in abroad with the promise of higher payment.

The victim ultimately ended up trafficked to India, said CID additional deputy inspector general Sheikh Md Rezaul Haider in a briefing on Monday.

The arrested are Md Shaheen, Rafiqul Islam, Biplob Ghosh, Aktarul and Md Bablu.

CID officers said that nine members of the racket had been arrested so far.

The gang trafficked at least 20 women and teenage girls in India’s Rajkot over the past few years, Rezaul added.

CID traced the ring while investigating an abduction case of a Class VII student of Sabujbagh area in Dhaka last November.

Mohemunizzaman Pratik Khandaker, arrested at Chattogram earlier on 25 August, is the ring leader, said CID officers.

Pratik raped the girl after abducting her.

He kept her confined at a house at Benapole and tried to traffic her to India on November 23, 2019.

Later, police rescued the girl from the house.

The CID has talked to another 26-year-old victim who was trafficked to India’s Rajkot area last year. 

The victim was promised a job in Saudi Arabia and later she found herself sold in a brother of Rajkot and forced into prostitution, said Rezaul.   

Among the nine arrests, two are teenagers and now at juvenile correction centre in Gazipur following a court order. 

The Class VII student’s mother said that Pratik and her wife Jannatul alias Jerin rented a room in their flat block at Sabujbagh.

They offered the girl a job in Malaysia, but the mother turned down the proposal.

Later, on November 23, 2019 she went missing on her way to school.

The mother filed a case against the couple and they were later arrested at Chattogram.

CID officials said Pratik and Jerin once worked in a hotel in Malaysia and got involved in the human trafficking and returned home five years ago.

Among the arrestee, Md Shaheen is a driver and he used to transport the victims to Jessore and nearby bordering area and then the victims were confined at Rafiqul’s house. 

Another arrestee Md Bablu is a boatman, who used to traffic the victims to India.

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