Forcing girls into prostitution in Dubai: ‘Kingpin’ Azam Khan confesses to crime
07:24 PM, July 13, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:33 PM, July 13, 2020

Forcing girls into prostitution in Dubai: ‘Kingpin’ Azam Khan confesses to crime

Md Azam Khan, an alleged ringleader of a human trafficking gang, today confessed to a Dhaka magistrate that he, along with eight others, was involved in forcing 60 to 70 girls into sex work in Dubai.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Shahidul Islam recorded his confessional statement after Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Sub-Inspector Md Kamruzzaman, also investigation officer of the case, brought him to his chamber in this connection.

After recording the statement, the magistrate sent Azam Khan to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

"I have been committing such offences for the last seven years," Azam Khan said in his confessional statement before the magistrate.

Azam told the magistrate that he along with some brokers used to lure girls aged between 18 and 20 promising them lucrative jobs in Dubai.

In the statement, he said they offered the girls the trip to Dubai for free and Tk 20,000 to 30,000 as advance.

The brokers would also promise jobs paying up to Tk 50,000 thousand per month and on their consent, Azam managed tourist visas for the girls and send them to Dubai, he added.

When they reached Dubai, the girlswere first given jobs as receptionists or waitresses at three- or four-star hotels. Later, they were forced to work at dance clubs and then turned into sex workers. The girls were tortured with electric shocks if they refused to do so, he told the magistrate.

Another accused Alamin Hossain alias Diamond also gave a confessional statement before the same magistrate saying he helped Azam find girls in exchange of Tk 10,000 for each.He was also sent to the same jail.

On Sunday, CID arrested Azam and his two accomplices for their alleged involvement in trafficking girls to Dubai.

Mrinal Kanti Saha, assistant superintendent of police of CID, filed the case against Azam, Alamin, Moyna and six others with Lalbagh Police Station on July 2.

Earlier, two victims gave judicial statements before magistrates describing their traumatic experiences.

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