Police have rescued eight people from a hotel in Dhaka's Dakkhin Khan where they were gathered for being trafficked to Libya via UAE.
The victims, aged between 22 and 45, are: Saiful Islam, Manjurul Alam, Muktar Hossain, Rassel Prodhan, Matiur Rahman, Shafiqul Islam, Sunil Chandra Barman and Bhishna Dev of Rangpur and Thakurgaon, according to a press release of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Acting on a tip-off, an anti-human trafficking squad of CID raided Noakhali Guest House Intl at Ashkona of Dakkhin Khan on March 27 and rescued the eight, the release said.
The victims told CID that brokers charged them Tk 34,000 each six months back, promising that they would be sent to Fiji. However, failing to do that, the brokers proposed sending them to Libya, on the condition that they pay Tk 4,50,000 each after reaching the destination.
“Brokers asked them not to leak the information that they were being sent to Libya,” Belal Uddin, special superintendent of police (organised crime) of CID, told The Daily Star.
CID said there is a transnational human trafficking syndicate that has been in operation -- luring the destitute with jobs in Dubai (UAE), Sudan and Libya.
After they are flown to Libya, the trafficking gangs confine them and torture them, CID said in the statement.
The criminals then show videos of the victims being tortured to their relatives back home via imo, WhatsApp, Viber and demand ransom.
After receiving ransom, some are tortured to death and some are released and detained by police, CID said.
Belal Uddin said CID was working to identify and arrest the trafficking gang and take legal actions against it.