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Human Trafficking

Editorial

Horrifying modern-day slave trade

THE horrific report that an unspecified number of job-seeking Bangladeshi youths are being enslaved under inhuman conditions in a remote island in Thailand for ransom following their capture by human traffickers has jolted us. Unlike in the usual cases where job hungry people voluntarily cooperate with human traffickers' design, the victims here were first entrapped by traffickers and then forcibly taken to boats to be finally shipped to an unknown destination. More than 130 such victims, most of them Bangladeshis,...

12 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

12 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

Bangladesh Coast Guard last night rescued 12 people from the shoreline of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar while they were taking preparations to sail for Malaysia illegally. They also detained a trafficker, Shafiqul Islam, from the spot. Acting on a tip-off, coast guard personnel of Teknaf station held the fortune-seekers in Jadimora area while they...

Editorial

Trafficked Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

OBVIOUSLY lured by enticement of jobs desperate Bangladeshis often fall prey to traps laid out by wily traffickers. The latter promise something to the job-seekers but once in their clutch, they will be bandied about like chattels as though in an insidious version of modern-day slave trade. The case in point is the discovery of 37,53 and 81, largely Bangladeshi victims, in the last  month and on October 11 and 13 respectively in Thai jungles. They were enticed by job...

CID launching drive to net 'slave' traffickers

CID launching drive to net 'slave' traffickers

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police will launch a drive today to track down those involved in trafficking Bangladeshis to work as slaves in Thailand. “We will question the victims after their return from Thailand. Then we will start our investigation to identify the persons or gangs involved in trafficking,” Ashraful Islam, special...

Lured to sea of dangers

Lured to sea of dangers

Sabuj Mollah thought he was almost there and could even smell the air of Malaysia. The 28-year-old along with 90 others from Bangladesh could start visualising a rosy future of their families once they got jobs there. But their trawler never touched Malaysian waters as traffickers in disguise of job contractors kept them all in a jungle near the southern Thailand border on a December afternoon. "Instead of sending us to Malaysia, they handed us over to some traffickers," Sabuj told The Daily Star recently. The people on the trawler were aware of the risk of being caught by law enforcers anytime during their long and illegal sea journey but they were...

Return too complicated

The repatriation of Bangladeshis rescued recently in Thailand after they were trafficked into that country to be sold as slaves may take at least three months.  “My heart is aching to go home,” said Absar Mia, 27, father of three children, from Teknaf of Cox's Bazar. He is now staying at a Thai detention centre with others, mostly Bangladeshis and some Myanmar nationals. "All I think about is how I can get home, how I can see my mother again, how I...

Human-trafficking

Thai man on a mission

Thai man on a mission

Manit Pianthiong, district chief of Takua Pa in South Thailand, got the job nine months ago. But he is all too familiar with the human trafficking which goes on along the indented coastline of Takua Pa. Pianthiong says he is trying to curb all forms of smuggling, but he is focusing in particular on...

33 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

33 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

Police in a drive rescued 33 Bangladeshis while they were being trafficked to Malaysia via the sea route from Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar last night. The law enforcers also detained a trafficker while others managed to flee the scene, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting Saikul Ahmed Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Ramu Police Station. Acting...

Thai police arrest two for human trafficking

Thai police yesterday arrested two Thai nationals on charge of human trafficking after 134 suspected victims were found in southern Thailand in last three days. The two Thais were charged of trafficking a group of 53 men -- 38 Bangladeshis and 15 Rohingyas --, found on Saturday at a rubber plantation, according to a report of Reuters.     Contacted, an official of Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok said they knew that the Bangladeshis were taken, by fishing boats, to an island near the...

31 rescued while being trafficked to India

31 rescued while being trafficked to India

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has rescued 31 people, including women and children, while being trafficked to India through Jessore and Satkhira borders. The BGB members last night picked up at least 22 people, including seven women and four children in Putkhali of Jessore, said Shamsur Rahman, company commander of BGB’s battalion-23. They were being trafficked...

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