RAB recently arrested several members of the trafficking ring
A woman intentionally let herself get trafficked to India recently and then escaped her captors in a desperate and daring bid to rescue her daughter, who had fallen victim to the same trafficking ring.
The woman successfully rescued her 17-year-old daughter from a brothel in the North Dinajpur district of West Bengal, India. Subsequently, the mother and daughter were detained by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while attempting to illegally re-enter Bangladesh.
After listening to their ordeal, BSF handed the two women over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through a flag meeting, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Legal and Media Wing Director Cdr Khandaker Al Moin said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
According to the RAB official, the daughter managed to contact her mother while on the way to India and informed her that she had not received a lucrative job at a beauty parlour as she had been promised. Growing desperate to rescue her daughter, the mother conceived her plan to intentionally become a trafficking victim.
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RAB arrested three members of the trafficking ring responsible during separate raids in the Pallabi area of Dhaka city and Madaripur district from late Sunday till Monday morning.
The arrestees were identified as Md Kalu alias Kallu, 40, Md Shohag alias Nagin, 32, and Billal Hossain, 41.
Trafficking ring promised jobs in India
Cdr Khandaker Al Moin said the trafficking ring would target women from poor and lower-middle-class families with false promises of jobs in markets, superstores, and beauty salons in India.
The gang had up to 25 members, including women who are highly active in the Mirpur and Tejgaon areas of Dhaka and Gazipur. They were led by Kalu and Sohag was a prominent member, while Billal Hossain coordinated activities in the border regions of the country.
During initial interrogation, Kalu said each victim was sold to a middleman in India for Tk100,000-150,000.
Kallu has been involved in human trafficking for 8-10 years, Shohag for five years, and Billal Hossain has been involved with the trafficking ring for 5-7 years, according to RAB.
Billal Hossain and his wife Rajia Khatun had previously served a year behind bars in a human trafficking case filed with Pallabi police station. Kalu was in jail five years ago, while Shohag had previously been imprisoned for two years in a narcotics case, Cdr Al Moin added.
Human trafficking from Bangladesh to India came into the limelight in May this year, when a video of a Bangladeshi woman being sexually assaulted in India went viral. Several traffickers have since been arrested in both countries.