Bangladesh trafficking gang lured girls using TikTok: Police

At least 11 people have been arrested for being suspected members of a Bangladesh trafficking gang that lured girls and women into neighbouring India’s sex trade using the social media platform TikTok, Dhaka police said.

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 said on Tuesday.

At least 11 people have been arrested for being suspected members of a Bangladesh trafficking gang that lured girls and women into neighbouring India’s sex trade using the social media platform TikTok, Dhaka police said.

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 said on Tuesday.

A total of nine people were arrested in Bangladesh and two others in India’s technology hub Bengaluru for allegedly being part of the trafficking gang, police added.

Bengaluru city police commissioner Kamal Pant told AFP on Tuesday that four other people were also arrested and accused of rape or abetting the alleged sexual assault shown in the video.

An additional person arrested late on Tuesday had yet to be questioned, he added.

All were Bangladesh nationals, police in both countries said.

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