The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in Dhaka arrested three suspected members of an international human trafficking gang from different parts of the capital including Banani , Uttara, and Tantibazar on Thursday night.
The arrested persons were identified as - Al Azad, 27, Firoz Ahmed, 28, and Krishna Gopal Dey, 38. The CID police said they are active members of an international human trafficking gang,
Abdullah Hil Baki, special superintendent of police of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), told the reporters, at a press briefing held at the CID headquarters Friday morning that, a CID team led by Senior Superintendent of police Mahbubul Alam conducted drives at Banani , Uttara and Tantibazar area of Dhaka and detained them.
The team also recovered around Tk 15 lakh,
several mobile phone sets and some fake application forms seeking refugee status in different countries, he added.
During primary interrogation it was found that the gang used to lure people with online advertisements promising well-paid jobs in one country and then forcibly send them to other countries, all the while subjecting families to extortion.
The arrested personnel also confessed that several people from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and a Romania born Australian citizen are involved in the human trafficking gang, Baki claimed.
As part of their plot, they first take the jobseekers to Indonesia with hopes that they [jobseekers] will be sent to New Zealand, Baki said.
Baki said the three during initial questioning divulged they trafficked some people to Indonesia after luring them by promising jobs in New Zealand. "Some Indians, Indonesians and an Australian of Romanian-origin are also involved in this international gang."
He said the victims were held in captivity after they arrived in Indonesia. While they remained there with the hope of going to New Zealand for work and a fake visa on their passports, the traffickers fleeced their families of more money.
One Kaosar Ahmed of Demra was found in November to be one of the victims of this syndicate. He was also held hostage in Indonesia. His family had paid Tk 1.3 million for his release. But the traffickers still demanded money from the family even after he returned home, Kaosar had told police.