MALAYSIA: IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOILS 'ABANG BANGLA' HUMAN TRAFFICKING SYNDICATE
Last Updated: 2018-01-12
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PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Jan 12 (NNN-Bernama) – The Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) has foiled a human trafficking syndicate involving Bangladeshis with the arrest of a Bangladeshi man, known as 'Abang Bangla', who is believed to be the mastermind, in a raid on a house at Section 28, Shah Alam, early today.

JIM director general Mustafar Ali said Abang Bangla, whose real name is Abdur Rauf, 43, was arrested together with a 49-year-old man, believed to be his assistant.
During the raid, he said, the Immigration team found 50 Bangladeshis, aged between 20 and 45, believed to be victims of the human-trafficking syndicate, at the premises.

”The syndicate is believed to have been operating over the past eight months and is involved in smuggling in of Bangladeshis who had committed offences and served their sentences in the country and then deported to their countty of origin,” he told a press conference here today.

Mustafar said the victims had to pay between RM15,000 and RM20,000 to the syndicate , which arranged their filghts from Dhaka to Indonesia before using the 'tekong’ service to help them to sneak into Malaysia, either by sea or land.

“Once in the country, they will be placed at a house until they settle the payment, and only after they have full settled the payment will they be handed over to the agents or employers who need foreign workers,” he said.

He said the two suspects were being detained under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, while the others would be held held under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

Also seized during the raid were RM13,400 and 48 passports, he added.
Mustafar said initial investigations revealed that the main suspect had worked at a company in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and his Temporary Employment Visit Pass expired in August 2016.

In another case, he said JIM detained 183 foreigners, including two women, believed to be victims of a human-trafficking syndicate in a raid on a warehouse in Subang Jaya, Selangor yesterday.

They included 121 Bangladeshis, 58 Indian nationals, who included two women, and two Pakistanis.
They were believed to have been accommodated at the warehouse while waiting for new employers,” he said.--NNN-BERNAMA