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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

4,000 victims from Sirajganj

An estimated 4,000 jobseekers from Sirajganj have fallen prey to human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal over the last 10 months, a finding that migration activists say is just the tip of the iceberg. Promised lucrative jobs in Malaysia, the victims were secretly transported to Cox's Bazar by traffickers. A torturous sea voyage took them to Thailand where they were held hostage in jungles. The captives had to pay ransoms of around Tk 2.5 lakh through their families back home...

Editorial

Rescue of trafficked Bangladeshis

THE rescue of some 576 people from a cargo trawler near St. Martin's Island on Monday is a case of successfully foiling the human traffickers' bid to illegally smuggle Bangladeshi citizens out of the country, thanks to Bangladesh Navy.  The rescued people informed that they were bound for Malaysia where they would be provided with job, so had promised their captors.  In fact, this is yet another instance of intercepting the traffickers who have since long been engaged in...

5 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

5 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 1 held

Five Bangladeshi fortune seekers were rescued and a trafficker detained early today while preparing to sail for Malaysia illegally in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. The five rescued were identified as Md Jamin Uddin, 26, Didar Mia, 23, Md Amanul, 34, Md Belal Uddin, 27, and Md Monsur Alam, 30, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting a press release circulated from Bangladesh Navy. The human trafficker was identified as Md Enamullah. A team of Bangladesh Coast Guard conducted a raid around 2:30am after receiving intelligence of a possible human trafficking underway, the press release said. The human trafficker and the victims were from Cox’s Bazar. Coast Guards seized Tk 3.5 lakh from possession...

Close shave

Close shave

Two madrasa students, kidnapped in Teknaf on Friday, were rescued the next day as they were about to be trafficked to Malaysia by sea. The abduction of the two boys, allegedly by human traffickers, serves as a wake-up call to the authorities. The incident indicates that whatever steps the government took did little to check...

11 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 4 held

11 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia, 4 held

Bangladesh Coast Guard early today rescued 11 people from Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar while being trafficked to Malaysia illegally.     Four traffickers were also detained during the drive, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent. Acting on a tip-off, coast guard personnel held the fortune-seekers in south-east area of Saint Martin’s Island...

Myanmar profits off Rohingya exodus

The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press,...

Maritime crimes: Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

Maritime crimes: Bangladeshis in Thai jungle

NOT much time has passed since the BBC online reported the heart-rending news of discovery of 171 people, mainly Bangladeshis, from Thai jungle camps. The Bangladeshis are victims of organised slave trade. Tempted by the prospect of jobs, they were taken to be sold as slaves. Bangladeshis seeking work in South East Asian...

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...

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