Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested eight members of a human trafficking gang from the capital’s Badda area on Wednesday.
The law enforcers also arrested the ring leader of the middle-east based gang.
RAB-4 Commanding Officer and Additional DIG Mozammel Haque said they raided four travel agencies namely Tutul overseas, Limon overseas and Loyal overseas and detained them.
They also seized 10 passports, seven files, four seals, 17 mobile phones, three mobile phone SIMs, five registrars, cheque books of four banks, two computers and cash Tk 10,070, he added.
During investigation, the elite force came to know that Tutul used to work as a grocery shop owner in Gangni upaizla of Meherpur district and he got involved in the human trafficking gang and used to send people to different countries through travel agencies.
Later, Tutul opened three travel agencies and fraudulently taken huge money from many unemployed and educated men and women from different parts of the country in the name of sending them abroad.
Taiyab Ali is one of the brokers or collaborators in this scam. He used to run tea shop. He later got involved in human trafficking, fraudulently sending people abroad and taking money in the name of giving jobs in various organizations in the country. Taiyab has defrauded people of huge sums of money by introducing himself as the manager of a reputed airline in the country.
Legal action is underway against the arrestees, sources said.