Dance club

The ‘dance club’ racket | The Daily Star

On September 21, a 19-year-old woman was invited by a dance club to perform at an event in Rangpur.

After two days, the garment factory worker called her family and told them that she was being trafficked to India. Family members then called her several times but could not reach her.

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On September 26, her father, a house painter, filed a general diary with the Badda police station.

Rab agents have carried out several raids in Dhaka and elsewhere in the past two days and arrested 11 members of two human trafficking gangs who allegedly trafficked women to India and countries in the Middle East , promising them a better life abroad.

Rab also rescued 23 women, including 22 from three “safe houses” in the capital Mirpur, Uttara and Tejgaon.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of Rab Legal and Media Wing, told a press briefing at Rab-4 headquarters in Mirpur that traffickers were taking victims to border areas from Chudanga, Debhat to Satkhira, Benapole to Jashore, Dohogram in Lalmonirhat, Bostabor in Joypurhat, Pashchim Shilua in Moulvibazar, and Jaliapara and Golabari in Teknaf.

One group was posing as a dance club and the other as agents for jobs in the Middle East. Officers seized 53 passports, 20 cell phones, alcohol and various travel documents during the raids.

The arrested suspects posing as owners of dance clubs are Kamrul Islam alias Jalil alias DJ Kamrul alias Dance Kamrul, Ripon Molla, Asaduzzaman Selim and Naimur Rahman Shamim.

Those posing as recruiting agents are the leader Nur Nabi Bhuiyan Rana and his henchmen Abul Bashar, Al Imran, Moniruzzaman, Shahid Shikder, Promod Chandra Das and Tokon.

The father of the garment factory worker said his daughter was introduced to Kamrul two months ago in Badda.

“She told us there would be a dance program in Rangpur. On her last call she blamed DJ Kamrul, saying he was about to traffic her in India,” the grieving father said. .

Rab officers said there were 15-20 members in the DJ Kamrul Dance Kingdom which is located in the Hatirjheel district of the capital. Kamrul, who works as a dancer in Bengali-language films, and her members have trafficked nearly 100 women to India since 2019.

The gang used to pick victims from different neighborhoods promising them dance lessons that would allow them to find employment in India. But the girls were eventually sold for large sums of money to traffickers in India who also forged travel documents, Commander Moin said.

One of the victims, a 19-year-old student, present at Rab-4’s office, said she met Kamrul on Facebook and visited his club in Hatirjheel because she was looking for dance lessons.

“Kamrul then said to me: ‘If you go abroad, you will have a better future.’ I was hesitant at first, but he convinced me.

“He gave me the number of a man named Shaimim who lives in Chuadanga and said he would ‘manage’ everything to send me to India.”

Shamim had a lair, known in trafficking circles as a safe house, near the border at Chuadanga.

Agents rescued her last week from the Chuadanga border area as she was trafficked.

DJ Kamrul came to Dhaka from his village home in Cumilla in 2001 to earn a living.

After trying different things, he started DJ Kamrul Dance Kingdom in 2019. In April 2019, he was arrested by Badda police for trafficking a woman to India and was jailed for three months, added the Commander Rab.

Ripon, another arrested person, maintained contact with traffickers in India and sent them photos of the women. If the latter showed interest, the women were trafficked, Moin said.

Selim, the other person arrested, used to help Kamrul in the traffic.

MIDDLE EAST SAFE

The gang posing as recruiting agents smuggled young women to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt. It worked for traffickers located in those countries.

The gang members got hold of the victims by promising them training. “This racketeering has trafficked 30 to 35 women in the past year. They also sold the victims.”

Nur Nabi, suspected of being the ringleader, passed the HSC exams at Lakshmipur in 1996. He then traveled to the United Arab Emirates in 1998 and later traveled to Oman to work there where he met international human traffickers. In 2020, he returned from Oman and started trafficking in women, Commander Moin said.