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Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Ashar 3, 1422 BS, Shaban 29, 1436 Hijr

BAIRA complains of police harassment
Staff Correspondent
Published : Wednesday, 17 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 20
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA) leaders complained that law enforcing agencies were harassing the recruiting agencies by seizing passports of migrants from the agency offices.
A delegation of BAIRA executive committee, led by its President Abul Bashar, on Monday raised the issues of harassment by police while meeting State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at his Ministry office on Tuesday.
Although passports of the outbound workers were kept at offices of few recruiting agencies, which were legally dealing the overseas employment, but police seized those passports without scrutiny terming the agencies as human trafficker, Bashar claimed. He also claimed that the recruiting agencies were now bound to incur financial, mental and business losses due to such harassment.
During the meeting, terming human trafficking as serious crime the State Minister sought cooperation from BAIRA leader to eradicate the evil deed from the society.
He said that the government had already directed all law enforcing agencies working under the home ministry to take stern action against the human traffickers.
When law enforcing agencies go to investigation, the agencies must cooperate with the law enforcing agencies providing necessary information, Asaduzzaman said.

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