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Gazipur councillor arrested for forcing domestic help into prostitution

  • Published at 10:09 am February 20th, 2021
Gazipur councillor Roksana Ahmed Rosie
Gazipur City Corporation councillor Roksana Ahmed Rosie Collected

Five people, including councillor Roksana Ahmed Rosie, named in case filed by a 16-year-old girl

A councilor of Gazipur City Corporation has been arrested on charges of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution. 

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Roksana Ahmed Rosie, a reserved women’s seat councilor, from Dhaka late on Friday.

Lt Commander Abdullah Al-Mamun of RAB-1 said that the arrest was made during a raid on a house at Uttara’s Dakshin Khan area around 9pm on Friday. 

A 16-year-old girl filed a case against the councillor with the Basan police station in Gazipur on Tuesday. The teenager claimed she was kept confined in a house and forced into sex work. 

Four others, including the caretaker of the councillor's residence Nurul Haque, have been named in the case. Police arrested Nurul soon after the case was lodged, but the councillor had been on the run.

Councillor Rosie owns a salon named, ‘Anondo Beauty Parlour’, in Chandana Chowrasta Rahman Shopping Mall. Four months ago, the girl, who hails from Netrokona's Kalmakanda upazila, took a job at the salon.  

A few days later, she was forced to work as a house help at Rosie’s home. According to the case documents, the teenager was forced into sex work at different times for about two months until she managed to escape on Tuesday.