Bangladesh Film Director Held in Malaysia for Human Trafficking
Photo by Prothom Alo

A Bangladeshi film director has been detained in Kuala Lumpur for his alleged involvement with the human trafficking in the name of arranging a cultural programme in Malaysia.

Malaysian police detained film director Ananya Mamun along with his associate Miraz Sunday afternoon, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo.

Mamun went to Malaysia along with 57 people including singers and artists from Bangladesh in the name of arranging a cultural function titled "Cinematic Bangladeshi Nights" through illegal means.

Bangladesh High Commissioner in Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam told the Bangla Daily that he was informed about the matter. "It is a very unpleasant incident. I am looking into the matter seriously," he added.

Meanwhile, migrants’ rights campaigner and WARBE Secretary General Faruque Ahmed said that the human trafficking in name of cultural programme has tarnished the image of Bangladesh abroad.

Bangladesh is a labour sending country and huge numbers of workers are employed in Malaysia.

Expressing his reaction with, Faruque, also a returned migrant strongly demanded the exemplary punishment for the human traffickers as they were the enemies of the country.

‘The government should take stern action against the human traffickers,’ he said.

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