A number of local human-trafficking rings with links to international traffickers and immigration officials are reportedly sending innocent job seekers abroad on fake visas.
Being docile and duped by the tall talks of the charlatans, the innocent young are losing everything and ultimately ending up in the gutter.
Recently, over 400 Bangladeshi fortune seekers, who went to different countries of Middle East selling their hard-earned moveable and immoveable property, returned home from Iran some days ago empty-handed.
Detective sources said the young dreamers embark on adventures only to go to Malaysia, Thailand, and some European countries like Italy, Greece and Spain in order to make their living, but fortune hardly smile on them.
The traffickers hold allure for the young individuals and cajole them into spending a huge sum on their foreign destination.
Sources said finally, what happens to their lot is they are caught by the lawmen of their destination countries and sent back empty-handed.
Last week alone, a total of 25 youths fell victim to such an organised gang in the capital’s Moghbazar area.
Promising them good jobs in Malaysia, the traffickers took about Tk 60 lakh from each of them, but alas! the young dreamers failed to get through the airport as their visas and air tickets were fake, according to police.
As they protested, the gang members physically assaulted them, and later, several of them filed cases with Ramna police station after which the lawmen went on the action and nabbed four of the gang members.
The four were identified as Shafiqul, Ashraful Hossain, alias Sohel, Arman Hossain and Shafiullah in this connection.
The plaintiff of the case is Ali Asgar hailing from Narayanganj.
He alleged that Hafijul Islam, Mohammad Alam and Mehedi Hasan took Tk 2 lakh to Tk 2.5 lakh from each of the 25 youths including him about eight months ago to send them to Malaysia.
“When we were sent to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, we were sent back from the airport as the visas and air tickets were counterfeit,” plaintiff Ali Asgar added.
Sub-inspector Mofijur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case said during preliminary interrogation, the arrestees were found involved in human trafficking.
“We are looking for the other accused in the cases,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) (media) Masudur Rahman said several syndicates of organised human traffickers are involved in illegally sending many Bangladeshi job seekers abroad.
Often, many of such gang members are arrested by the law enforcers from different parts of the capital, but within a few days, they are released on bail due to the loopholes of law and get further involved in the same profession, he added.
Recently, RAB in its drive arrested three suspected gang members with huge fake passports and fake visas from the capital’s Motijheel and Paltan area.
The gang trafficked many, promising them good jobs in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Italy and different Middle East countries, according to detectives.
Some days ago, as part of the ongoing anti-human trafficking crackdown, Detective Branch (DB) of police also arrested two suspected human traffickers from a residential hotel in the capital’s Ashkona area.
The arrested traffickers were identified as Golam Rabbani and Shahadat Hossain.
RAB also rescued 18 Bangladeshi job seekers, who were on the verge of being trafficked to Palau Island through Thailand and Indonesia by air.
Police said: “The arrestees were trying to traffic them to Palau Island of West Pacific ocean via Thailand and Indonesia with the help of issuing only a 15-day tourist visa.”
Enticing the young good jobs with high salary, the traffickers took Tk 7 lakh from each of the victims, a DB officer said.