She got trafficked to save her daughter, 3 members of trafficking gang held

Rab yesterday arrested three members of a gang, which allegedly trafficked more than 200 girls and women to India, including a mother and daughter.

The arrestees are Md Kalu alias Kallu (40), Md Sohag alias Nagin Sohag (32), and Billal Hossain (41).
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Sohag is Kalu's nephew, while Billal was his key agent. Both Sohag and Billal have been involved in the trafficking racket for six years, said Khandaker Al Moin, Rab's Legal and Media wing director, quoting the arrestees, at a press briefing at Rab Media Centre yesterday.
A team of Rab-4 arrested them from Dhaka and Madaripur after the story of a mother rescuing her trafficked daughter from India went viral on social media.
The gang lured the 17-year-old girl from Dhaka's Mirpur with promises of a job in India. But once there, they sold her off to a brothel in Bihar. All of this took place in January this year.

After her mother came to know of her ordeal, she tried to do everything in her power to get her daughter back, but to no avail.

Finally, to rescue her daughter, the mother communicated with the gang -- without disclosing her identity -- asking for a job in India, knowing that she was going to be trafficked like her daughter.
She was soon taken to Delhi by the gang, but she was prepared for this and managed to flee their grip. Once free, she made her way to Bihar and with the help of locals managed to rescue her daughter.
During primary interrogation, the arrestees admitted their crime.
They admitted that they used to lure girls from poor families in Dhaka's Mirpur and Gazipur with jobs in beauty parlours in India, Rab's Al Moin told reporters during the briefing.
The gang, having at least 25 members, used to traffic women to India through the Satkhira border. Billal used to coordinate operations at the border, while Sohag used to hand the victims over to mastermind Kalu, he said.
The girls were sold at various brothels in India, the Rab official said. The trafficked victims were kept confined to Billal's safe
homes in Satkhira before being sent across the border.
The gang had been trafficking victims to India for the last eight to 10 years, the official said.
The three were earlier arrested for the same offense, he said, adding that families of many victims have contacted Rab to file cases against them.


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