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Int’l human trafficking gang busted

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 September, 2023 12:00 AM
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Detective police have busted a gang trafficking fortune-seekers to the United States through different routes.
One of the routes is Bangladesh to India to Turkey to Guyana or Suriname to Mexico to the US.
Another route is Bangladesh to Myanmar to India to Oman to Yemen to Ethiopia to Kenya to Ghana to Brazil to Peru to Ecuador to Colombia to Nicaragua to Guatemala to Mexico to the US.
The gang took about 100 fortune-seekers in Guyana and Suriname to traffic them to the US, but 50 of them were arrested by Guyana immigration authorities in March this year.
Tarek Ahmed, deputy commissioner (Cyber and Special Crime (North) Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, provided the information to the Daily Sun on Thursday.
A number of the fortune-seekers were also trafficked to the US through routes, he said.
Four cases were lodged with different police stations against the gang members with different police stations in the capital.
The US Embassy in Dhaka filed one of the cases with Gulshan Police Station in June.
During investigation into the case, the DB police discovered the racket and recently arrested Ruhul Amin and Aklima Akhter, the owner of Japan Tours and Travel in Paltana area, said the police officer.
Ruhul is wanted in another human trafficking case filed with Jatrabari Police Station in 2021.
Police are trying to arrest other members, including Arif and Sonet, of the racket, he said.
The officer said Mofazzal Hossain of Cumilla returned home after he was trafficked to the US in 2018.
He filed a case against the gang with Shahjahanpur Police Station on July 5.
Mofazzal and some others were taken to taken to India through Jashore. They were then taken to Kenya and Ethiopia to Brazil from where they were taken to Peru through jungles.
And later, they were taken to Colombia to Panama to Costa Rica to Nicaragua to Honduras to Guatemala to Mexico and to the US.
It took four months to reach the US, said the police officer. Later, Mofazzal was arrested by US police and sent back home.