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Gov mulls attaching human traffickers’ properties

Published : 13 Jun 2020 10:00 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 01:56 PM

The government is considering confiscating illegal properties the human trafficking masterminds as well as filing money laundering cases against them, officials said.

As part of its zero tolerance to human trafficking, Police Headquarters has ordered all operational units of police to arrest the human traffickers as soon as possible.

Previously, police arrested several people involving in human traffickers after receiving complaint from the victims and their relatives.

As most of the trafficking masterminds were traceless, the government ordered police to come down hard on human trafficking.
After the killing of 26 Bangladeshis in Libya late last month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed law enforcement to gather intelligence on human traffickers and their networks.

Following the directives, police launched combing operation to nab the traffickers across the country.

Since then, more than 40 people involved in traffickers have been arrested over the last two weeks.

Meantime, 15 cases over trafficking have been started with Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigating most of it. Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police is also investigating one of the cases.

Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy inspector general of CID (organised crime), said they are regularly conducting drives to arrest the human traffickers.

“Some of them (traffickers) are currently staying abroad,” said Ahmed adding they would seek Interpol’s help to arrest those human traffickers living abroad.

Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (media and public relations) of Police Headquarters (PHQ), “Police will continue the special drives against the human traffickers.”

“We will bring them to book whoever they are,” he warned.