Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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Police yesterday rescued a 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly forced into the sex trade, from Chittagong city's Aturar Dipo area.  

A woman named Ankhi, 34, was detained in connection with this incident.

“The victim from Kishoreganj was rescued from a flat in Aturar Dipo area around 5:00pm with the help of locals," said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Bayezid Police Station.

Akram Hossen, who informed police of the girl, told The Daily Star that his brother-in-law Din Islam, 32, a contractor, brought the girl to Chittagong city from Kishoreganj around two months ago, promising her a job in a garment factory.

Din Islam, who is from Kishoreganj, took the girl to his home in Aturar Dipo area and "raped" her for one month and later handed her over to Ankhi, who forced the victim into a sex trade she run in her house for the last one month, said Akram, quoting the victim.

Akram, also a contractor in Chittagong city, said the victim's father wanted to know about his daughter when he went to visit Kishoreganj several days ago. Later, he started to search for the girl and found her yesterday morning in Aturar Dipo area where she sought his help describing her ordeal.

Akram added that he then informed Bayezid police of the incident and police rescued the victim.

Abdul Warish, deputy commissioner (north) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, said they were trying to arrest Din Islam, who went into hiding after the girl was rescued.

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