Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested four members of a gang, including its ringleader, which has trafficked a large number of young girls to India and sexually assaulted one of the victims there.
Several teams of RAB Headquarters’ Intelligence Wing and RAB-3 arrested Ashraful Islam alias Ashraful Mondal alias Boss Rafi, 30, the kingpin of the racket, and his three associates -- Sahida Begum alias Madam Sahida, 46, Ismail, 38, and Abdur Rahman Sheikh alias Arman Sheikh, 26 -- from Jhenaidah and Jashore on Monday and Tuesday.Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (Legal and Media Wing) of the RAB, briefed reporters at the elite force’s Kawran Bazar Media Centre in the capital on Tuesday afternoon in this regard.
The officer said the gang has link to at least 50 local and international human trafficking rackets.
Rafi led the racket while TikTok Hridoy, who was arrested in India and sustained bullet injuries to one of his legs, was one of his close associates, he said.
Hridoy attracted young girls to unruly life through TikTok and other social media sites with a promise to make them models and other professionals, the Rab official said.
Later, he enticed them to go to the neighbouring country for making them models and giving jobs in beauty parlours, supper shops, shopping malls and other business houses.
Those who agreed were sent to Rafi, the Rab official said. He said Rafi along his cohorts took them to their safe homes, where the young girls were temporarily kept, in Jhenaidah, Jashore and Satkhira. From there, they were handed over to their Indian cohorts through illegal channels.The members of the gang in India forced the victims to take illegal drugs and they committed immoral acts with them and videoed the scenes.
Afterwards, they blackmailed them with the videos and forced them to do sex with their contracted clients. Each girl was given to a client for 10-15 days in exchange for Tk 10,000-15,000.
TikTok Hridoy trafficked about 50 young girls to India through Rafi.
Some Bangladeshi youths gang raped a young girl, 23, in Bengaluru in India recently. They videoed the scene and spread it on the social media, which went viral.
Later, Indian police arrested four rapists -- TikTok Hridoy, Sagor, Baba Sheikh and Hakil -- with two women. On May 27, the victim’s father filed a case with Hatirjheel Police Station in this regard.
Al Moin said the victim tried to send back two trafficked girls to Bangladesh. That is why the criminals raped her one after another.
Rafi has been trafficking women abroad for the last five years. He has a number of safe homes in Bangladesh and India. The girl was raped in one of his safe homes in the foreign country.
Of the arrestees in Bangladesh, Sahida maintained a safe home in Bangladesh. Her daughters, who are now in India, are also members of the gang.