Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The central bank of Bangladesh has sought bank transaction information of 461 suspected human traffickers from commercial banks located at Chittagong region, a senior official said.
“We’ll submit such information to the concerned law enforcing agencies of the government for taking actions against the suspected human traffickers,” a senior official of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) told BBN in Dhaka.
The central banker said Bangladesh Financial Intelligent Unit (BFIU) had sent a list of suspected human traffickers to all banks, located at Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar areas in this connection.
“We’ve already received information on bank transactions of some suspected human traffickers,” the BB official said without elaborating.
The traffickers find out a new route to continue their illegal trade using the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport as a new gateway as the law enforcement agencies have taken stern position to check the human trafficking through deep sea route, law enforcers said.
Human traffickers of Bangladesh with the help of international syndicates have trafficked people to different countries especially war-ravaged Libya and Iraq by using Dubai-Turkey-Libya routes with forged visas and documents. And traffickers are using Chittagong airport as safe gateway for trafficking, the Dhaka Tribune, a local newspaper, reported quoting sources of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
The new route and the safe gateway of smugglers was unearthed after the elite force nabbed 39 people from airport on October 13 last, while they were going to Libya without valid papers and documents.