A mobile court of the monitoring and enforcement wing of the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry on Thursday foiled the attempt to send workers abroad illegally.
The mobile court fined Tk one lakh in default three month jail to each of the two criminals for attempting to send workers to Cambodia, Malaysia and Japan illegally.
The mobile court seized at least 110 passports from the office of manpower brokers at the city’s Porana Paltan area.
The accused were identified as Abdul Hamid Maizbhandari, owner of Asia Trade International and his associate and Asia Training Centre’s director Mazedul Islam Khokan.
Khokan paid his fine while Maizbhandari was set to pay soon or would have to go to jail, said officials concerned.
EWOE Ministry’s deputy secretary Rumana Rahman Shampa, also the magistrate of the mobile court said that the criminals were awarded punishment under section 32 and 33 section of the Overseas Employment and Migration Act 2013.
The Asia Trade International did not have license, she said, adding that it claimed to have involved with Marvellous Trading International Ltd.
‘We will have to further scrutinize all of the issues,’ she said.
EWOE ministry’s additional secretary and also chief of monitoring and enforcement wing Md Nazibul Islam said that they sent the mobile court after getting information that some workers were being sent to Cambodia under tourist visas.
He said that the mobile court drive against the illegal attempts of recruitment and trafficking would continue in coming days.
Welcoming the drive against illegal activities in manpower sector, migration expert and Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program’s Chairman Shakrul Islam said that the government should proactively continue such drive.