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Yesterday thirty six rescued Bangladeshis trafficking victims returned home. The men had been confined and tortured in the jungle in southern Thailand close to where one hundred and eighteen others were rescued last week. At around 4.30pm a Bangladesh Biman Airways flight landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport according to Mujibur Raham, senior ASP of Criminal Investigations Department at the airport.
Thai police rescued the thirty six men in January after they had been trafficked into the country earlier that month, since then they have been kept in detention centers.
So far this year Bangladesh has identified more than seven hundred victims as its nationals following their rescue in Thailand, before yesterday three hundred of them were sent back home.
While they were in the jungle the thirty six men were beaten up, abused and often left with no food. They had been lured to Thailand with well paid job offers and low cost journey. The criminals then demanded up to Tk 150,000 from each of their families as ransoms.
The Daily Star reported that Ayesha Khatun, mother of Sajeeb Hosasin, one of the 36 returnees, eight-grader son had left their home in Gazipur ten months ago, without saying anything.
Later, Sajeeb called her and said he was detained in a forest after being trafficked into Thailand.
Recently, he called his mother again to inform her that he was detained by Thai police.
“I sent him Tk 15,000 as flight fare and I am very happy to get my son back,” said Ayesha.
Meanwhile, CID yesterday said it would launch drives to arrest those involved in trafficking the 118 Bangladeshis into the Thailand jungle where they were forced to work as slaves.
“We will talk to the victims after they return and then, we will start our investigation to identify whoever involved in the crime,” Ashraful Islam, special superintendent of CID, said.
The drives to detain the criminals would begin following filing of cases in connection with their trafficking, he added.
The 118 Bangladeshis who had recently been rescued from a tree plantation in the deep Thailand jungle are now kept at different detention centres for their repatriation, said officials at Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira), a platform for private manpower recruitment agencies, condemned the trafficking yesterday.
In a press release, the platform demanded that the government identify the traffickers and ensure their exemplary punishment immediately.