At least 102 Bangladeshi migrants were facing ordeals in Libya as they have become victims of trafficking in the war torn country of the North Africa, said officials.
Of them, the Libyan coast guards have detained at least 37 Bangladeshi nationals who were trying to cross Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli.
The Bangladeshi workers were among 300 foreign migrants who were detained at the coastal town of Al Hamra, about 100 KM south from the capital city of the war torn African country, said a facebook post of the embassy on Tuesday.
Those people were kept in a detention center at Libyan coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the text said, adding that a delegation of Bangladesh embassy visited the detention center and interviewed the Bangladeshis.
The embassy officials had meeting with concerned authorities to provide necessary assistance to the 37 Bangladeshi migrants.
Besides at least 65 Bangladeshi migrant workers were rescued from the traffickers’ den in a remote area of Libya, said Bangladesh Embassy officials.
Bangladesh embassy labour counselor in Tripoli ASM Ashraful Islam said that 65 Bangladeshi migrant workers were rescued from the traffickers’ den in a remote area of Libya.
The Libyan law enforcers arrested four Bangladeshi human traffickers for their alleged involvement in abducting the migrants and realising ransoms from the victims’ families.
According to the embassy’s facebook post, the four traffickers were identified as Waliur Rahman, Suman Shariff, Hafizul Sheikh and Rana Bhattacharya.
The traffickers brought the workers with a promise of giving them lucrative jobs in Libya and sending them to Italy, but they confined them to houses, said the text message.
Two months ago, the Libyan police also arrested three Bangladeshi traffickers named Monir Bhandari, Imran and Tajul Islam for the same offence.
They said that the traffickers had been active agents of some recruiting agencies in Bangladesh and were smuggling workers out to many countries. Many Bangladeshis were deceived by them, they said.
According to Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training, the government officially banned sending of workers to war-torn Libya in June last year, considering the country’s security situation.
Not a single worker was given a manpower clearance from BMET, said an official.
But about 40,000 Bangladeshis are still working in Libya.