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Human Trafficking

12 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

12 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

Bangladesh Coast Guard rescued 12 Bangladeshi fortune seekers from being trafficked into Malaysia from Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar early today. They were held from a house, where the fortune seekers gathered to set off for Malaysia, in a raid conducted through the Badarkhali channel around 1:30am, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting a...

Trafficking to Malaysia

36 fortune seekers rescued in Ctg

Thirty-six people were rescued from the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong by the coast guards while allegedly being trafficked to Malaysia last night. Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of the coast guards intercepted the small engine boat near Chittagong Boat Club area around 10:00pm and found 36 people huddled on the trawler, said Captain Shahidul Islam of the Coast Guard's east zone. Quoting the rescued, Captain Shahidul said the boat was carrying them to the Saint Martin's Island from where...

Baira leaders for stopping human trafficking through Bay

Baira leaders for stopping human trafficking through Bay

The leaders of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) today urged the government to immediately stop human trafficking from the country through the Bay of Bengal. They also called for arresting the traffickers. The Baira leaders came up with the demand at a press conference at its Eskaton Garden office this afternoon following recent...

Day labourer's son abducted for ransom

A human-trafficking gang has allegedly kidnapped a son of a day labourer in Ukhia upazila and threatened that he will be sent to Malaysia forcefully if his family fails to pay them Tk 50,000 as ransom. Ismail Hossain, son of Mir Ahmed of Gayalmara village, was picked up when he was going to his village mosque in the morning of November 9, victim's mother Monoara Begum alleged. The next day, she got a phone call from the kidnappers who demanded the...

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...

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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,...

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