Bangladesh Trafficker Gang Lured Girls Using TikTok: Police | News on human trafficking
Eleven arrested for being suspected members of a gang that lured girls and women into the sex trade in India using the social media platform.
At least 11 people have been arrested for being suspected members of a Bangladeshi trafficking gang that lured girls and women into the sex trade from neighboring India using the social media platform TikTok, a Dhaka police said.
Suspected gang leader Rafizul Islam Ridoy – nicknamed TikTok Ridoy – “reportedly attracted young girls from TikTok and other social media groups, promising to make them TikTok models,” the Battalion’s paramilitary unit said on Tuesday. of Rapid Action (RAB) from Bangladesh.
But the victims were instead smuggled into southern India and forced into prostitution, according to a statement from the RAB.
The arrests came after video footage of an alleged sexual assault of a Bangladeshi woman went viral on social media in late May, triggering an investigation into the gang, the RAB said.
The suspects were all arrested last week.
The latest arrests came on Monday when two men were detained in a border district in southwest Bangladesh for alleged trafficking of girls and women aged 17 to 22, Dhaka Deputy Police Commissioner Mohammad said. Shahidullah.
“One of them told us he sent 1,000 people to India,” Shahidullah told AFP news agency.
A total of nine people were arrested in Bangladesh and two more in India’s Bengaluru tech center for allegedly being part of the trafficking gang, police added.
Bengaluru city police commissioner Kamal Pant told AFP on Tuesday that four other people were also arrested and charged with rape or encouraging the alleged sexual assault shown in the video.
Another person arrested Tuesday evening had not yet been questioned, he added.
All were nationals of Bangladesh, police from both countries said.
Ridoy was among those detained by authorities in Bengaluru, Dhaka police added.
Shahidullah said that since 2019, when TikTok became popular in Bangladesh, such gangs have sprung up to attract teenagers from low-income families.
They would be invited to pool parties, star in TikTok videos, and “sell dreams of high-paying salaries in call centers, sales and service centers,” he added.