Bangladesh trafficking gang lured girls into India’s sex trade using TikTok: Police – Times of India

DHAKA: At least 11 folks have been arrested for being suspected members of a Bangladesh trafficking gang that lured girls and ladies into India’s sex trade using the social media platform TikTok, Dhaka police stated on Tuesday.
The gang’s alleged ringleader Rafizul Islam Ridoy — nicknamed “TikTok Ridoy” — would “lure young girls from TikTok and other social media groups, promising to make them TikTok models”, Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) paramilitary unit stated.
But the victims had been as a substitute smuggled into southern India and compelled into sex work, based on a RAB assertion.
The arrests got here after video footage of an alleged sexual assault of a Bangladeshi girl went viral on social media in late May, prompting an investigation into the gang, the RAB stated.
The suspects had been all detained over the past week.
The newest arrests got here on Monday when two males had been held in a southwestern border district in Bangladesh for allegedly trafficking girls and ladies aged between 17 to 22, Dhaka police’s deputy commissioner Mohammad Shahidullah stated.
“One of them has told us that he has sent 1,000 people to India,” Shahidullah stated.
A complete of 9 folks had been arrested in Bangladesh and two others in India’s tech hub Bengaluru for allegedly being half of the trafficking gang, police added.
Bengaluru metropolis police commissioner Kamal Pant advised AFP Tuesday that 4 different folks had been additionally arrested and accused of rape or abetting the alleged sexual assault proven within the video.
An extra particular person arrested late Tuesday had but to be questioned, he added.
All had been Bangladesh nationals, police in each nations stated.
Ridoy was one of these within the custody of Bangalore authorities, Dhaka police added.
Shahidullah stated that since 2019 when TikTok turned common in Bangladesh, such gangs had sprung up to attract in youngsters from low-revenue households.
They can be invited to pool events, star in TikTok movies and “sold dreams of well-paid salaries in call centres, sales and service centres”, he added.

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