On this file picture taken on October 05, 2020, the brand of social media TikTok is pictured on a pill display in Toulouse, southwestern France. — AFP/File

DHAKA: Dhaka’s, police stated Tuesday not less than 11 folks have been arrested for being suspected members of a Bangladesh trafficking gang that lured women and girls into India’s intercourse commerce utilizing the social media platform TikTok.

The gang’s alleged ringleader Rafizul Islam Ridoy — nicknamed “TikTok Ridoy” — would “lure younger women from TikTok and different social media teams, promising to make them TikTok fashions”, Bangladesh’s Speedy Motion Battalion (RAB) paramilitary unit stated.

However the victims have been as an alternative smuggled into southern India and compelled into intercourse work, in accordance with 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 Might, prompting an investigation into the gang, the RAB stated.

The suspects have been all detained during the last week.

The newest arrests got here on Monday when two males have been held in a southwestern border district in Bangladesh for allegedly trafficking women and girls aged between 17 to 22, Dhaka police’s deputy commissioner Mohammad Shahidullah stated.

“One in all them has advised us that he has despatched 1,000 folks to India,” Shahidullah advised AFP.

A complete of 9 folks have been arrested in Bangladesh and two others in India’s tech hub Bangalore for allegedly being a part of the trafficking gang, police added.

Bangalore metropolis police commissioner Kamal Pant advised AFP Tuesday that 4 different folks have been additionally arrested and accused of rape or abetting the alleged sexual assault proven within the video.

A further particular person arrested late Tuesday had but to be questioned, he added.

All have been Bangladesh nationals, police in each international locations stated.

Ridoy was a kind of within the custody of Bangalore authorities, Dhaka police added.

Shahidullah stated that since 2019 when TikTok turned fashionable in Bangladesh, such gangs had sprung up to attract in youngsters from low-income households.

They might be invited to pool events, star in TikTok movies and “bought goals of well-paid salaries in name centres, gross sales and repair centres”, he added.

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