A mobile court yesterday evening awarded an owner and four employees of a travel agency with half a year in jail each for human trafficking in Malaysia by faking their travel documents.
Assisted by way of a team of Rab-3, it sealed off the agency office in Dhaka&rsquo also; s Motijheel area and fined 50 Tk,000 each, said Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam, who led the drive.
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The convicts are — Kuddus Bepary, 55, who owns Saimon Air Travels, Rabiul Islam, 31, Zakir Hossain, 41, Mintu, 31, and Ariful Islam, 28.
Sarwoer said the agency has permission for only managing tickets for travelers, not for sending job hunters abroad. However the convicts used to fake travel documents to traffic visitors to Malaysia, promising them prospects of good jobs and earning money fast there.
They used to take job hunters to India by road or train first, then to Indonesia by air and continue their risky journey to Malaysia by waterways, the magistrate said.
The agency in August this season has trafficked at the very least 25 people including seven females to Malaysia who’ve been going right through immense sufferings there, Rab said in a news release.
The mobile court seized 48 passports, of overseas job hunters mostly, huge fake travel documents, US $450 and 7.87 lakh in Indonesian currency from the working office.