Illegal travel agencies cheat overseas job seekers

Mahabub Alam

18 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Illegal travel and recruiting agencies were luring people by offering them jobs abroad with legal papers and charging them large amount of money, but the golden goose never laid eggs, sources in the elite crime-fighting RAB said.  

Besides, licenced tour agencies purported to be sending people abroad for tour purposes were also sending workers promising employment.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) found a number of illegal agencies in the capital recently who have duped people by luring them with foreign jobs and never returned their money taken to process the travel.

Rownaq Jahan, secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, told daily sun the ministry has mechanism to fight illegal travel and recruiting agencies.

Osman Tours and Travels, Air International and Tour, Bengal Tours and Travels, Alif Tours and Travels, Arefin Travels, Sanim Trade International, Ashik Travels, Bengal Travels, MM Travels, Bappimoni Enterprise and Habib International are among the illegal agencies the elite force found out.

They advertise in various national dailies, offering to send workers abroad with legal papers and their target was mainly rural people interested in going abroad.

When prospective client went to the agencies, they charge a large amount of money, but never send anyone abroad. 

Many people have been duped by the agencies and lost their hard-earned money or money they had borrowed.

Sometimes, they traffic people to various countries through illegal channels.

RAB-3 held three alleged human traffickers from Fakirapool in the city on September 15. The arrestees are Abul Basher, 45, Kamruzzaman, 44, and Osman Gani, 47.

They were held from Osman Tours and Travels and M/S Kazi Traders.

SP ABM Faijul Islam, staff officer (operation) of RAB-3, told the daily sun that the travel agencies had no licence.

They have been cheating the rural people by keeping their passports and grabbing their money, he added.

The elite force members recovered 65 passports, 20 birth certificates and some relevant papers and documents from the arrestees.

However, Rownaq Jahan said, “We go for action whenever we get information on any unlicenced travel agency or recruiting agency.”

“If licenced travel agencies send people for tour purpose, it is okay. But if they send people for working purpose, it is illegal. Our Monitoring and Enforcement Unit will launch drive against such agencies.”

 “Last month, we conducted many drives against illegal travel and recruiting agencies,” she claimed.