Notorious ringleader held for trafficking Bangladeshi women into prostitution
Published : Sunday, 12 July, 2020 at 9:49 PM Count : 464
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police has arrested three notorious international human traffickers including their ringleader for forcing Bangladeshi young women into prostitution in Dubai after trafficking them through tourist visas in the name of hotel jobs.
Imtiaz Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General (Organized Crime Unit) of CID, disclosed the matter at a press briefing at the CID Headquarters in Dhaka early Sunday afternoon.
The arrested were Azam Khan, 45, ringleader, and his two associates Anwar Hossain Moyna and Al Amin Hossain Diamond.
During the briefing, Imtiaz Ahmed said after trafficking the women, the arrested persons used to detain and torture the victims in many ways, including giving electric shocks, if they refused to obey their commands.
Azam Khan hails from Fatikchhari upazila in Chattogram district. His father used to live in Dubai. He went Dubai in 1996. Azam Khan is an accused in 15 cases filed against him in Bangladesh. Of those, six are murder cases.
In Dubai, Azam Khan has partnership in four hotels -- Hotel Royal Fortune, Hotel Fortune Grand, Hotel City Tower, and Fortune Pearl Hotel and Dance Club. Of those, the first three are four-star standard, DIG Imtiaz said.
Azam Khan has been involved in trafficking of women from Bangladesh to Dubai over the lst eight years. He has trafficked more than 1,000 women, particularly 18 to 20 years of age, in the last eight years from Bangladesh, luring them with jobs with a salary of Tk 50,000 per month, he said.
There are several travel agencies, two foreign airlines, and more than 50 brokers as his associates in Bangladesh, Imtiaz continued.
"Azam himself used to work on human trafficking tactics. His two brothers also work as his accomplices and they have gone into hiding in Dubai."
Bangladesh Embassy in the UAE confiscated Azam's passport after the country brought allegations of human trafficking against him, Imtiaz said, adding that Azam fled to Bangladesh with an exit pass later.
Azam's mobile phone contains audio clips of over hundred women who were crying to return to Bangladesh, he added.
The law enforcement agency, however, did not disclose the place and time of arrest of the trio for the sake of investigation.
The CID official said they filed a case with Lalbagh police station on July 2 and Azam Khan, meanwhile, confessed to his involvement in the human trafficking trade before a Dhaka court under Section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure.
CID's DIG Imtiaz Ahmed said Azam Khan first forced the Bangladeshi young women to dance at the bars after reaching Dubai. Later, he forced them to get involved in prostitution. This trafficking has at least 50 members in Bangladesh who used to collect woman from different parts of the country.
"Arrested Al Amin and other members of the gang used to train the women on dancing and allure them of providing handsome salaries. Then they were sent to Dubai through Azam. Though the women were offered Tk 50,000 a month, none of the victims was given any amount of money," he said.
Imtiaz Ahmed said the Dubai government has recently arrested Azam Khan on charge of forcing women into prostitution. After remaining in jail for a month there, the Bangladesh Embassy in Dubai confiscated Azam Khan's passport and deported him to Bangladesh. After arriving in Bangladesh, he had been trying to get a new passport and fly to another country.
The CID official said: "We've found audio records of crying and wailing of many young women on Azam Khan's mobile phone, which were very shocking and painful. Azam Khan's two brothers are in Dubai now. They are the accomplices in this business. The CID is investigating the entire issue. Attempts are being made to arrest other members of the gang."
Imtiaz Ahmed said the CID filed a case with the city's Lalbagh Police Station on July 2 last where Azam Khan was made prime accused. The case is now under investigation. There are also 15 cases including six murder cases against Azam Khan with different police stations of the country.
Asked how Azam Khan came to Bangladesh and made a new passport had the Bangladesh consulate in Dubai confiscated his passport, Imtiaz said the Bangladesh consulate in Dubai didn't inform the Bangladesh government first about confiscating Azam Khan's passport. Later, when they were informed, they launched a raid and arrested Azam Khan.