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Police take hard line on human trafficking

  • Md Esaraf Hossain
  • 28th June, 2020 11:13:06 PM
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Law enforcers have adopted a hard line on human trafficking in Bangladesh after the brutal killings of 26 Bangladeshi jobseekers by human traffickers in Libya.

Massive drives are underway to arrest the listed human traffickers across Bangladesh, police sources said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the media recently that the government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking.

Steps have been taken to conduct regular drives and intensify vigilance and patrols on the borders and river routes, sources at the Police Headquarters said.

“Many traffickers have already been arrested in the country,” AIG Sohel Rana said, adding that they would be brought to book.

He also said intelligence agencies are also working relentlessly to arrest these criminals.

Meanwhile, police arrested a suspected broker of human trafficking from Phulpur in Mymensingh on Saturday night. The arrestee is Kazi Saleh Ahmed Osmani alias Masa.

Sohel Rana said the arrested broker sent a young man to Vietnam upon receiving Tk 350,000 a few days ago. The victim is still stranded there and living an inhumane life.

Last week, sixty-four Bangladeshi migrants were found on a truck on a highway near North Macedonia's border with Greece.

The driver escaped arrest during the inspection late Monday near Strumica in the country's southeast region, police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Detective sources said many innocent Bangladeshi expatriates, mostly staying in Libya, have been held hostage by an organised gang of both local and international human traffickers.

Organised human traffickers are allegedly doing this heinous act after sending many Bangladeshi workers to different foreign countries, RAB and CID sources said.

The sources said police arrested more than 50 suspected human traffickers accused of extorting money from overseas jobseekers.