- A 17-year-old Bangladeshi girl escaped being sold away in Bengaluru
- Her Facebook friend, Roopa, asked her to come to the city for a job at a shopping mall
- She is at a government home for children and will be sent back to Bangladesh soon
The ‘Facebook Friend’ menace continues with a Bangladeshi teen almost falling into the trap of human trafficking.
A 17-year-old Bangladeshi girl came to Bengaluru on the advice of her Facebook friend ‘Roopa’ who promised her a job at a shopping mall in the city. However, after she landed in Bengaluru and met Roopa, she overheard Roopa trying to sell her to a prospective buyer.
The girl fled from the place and ended up at the city railway station. An NGO rescued her from the railway station, and the girl is now at a Government Home for Children. The superintendent of the Home for Children has filed a case of trafficking with the Siddapura police.
In a statement given to Bangalore Mirror, a police officer said, “The girl told me she had used various modes of transport to reach here. It is not clear if her entry to the country was illegal. She has given details about her parents and address. The Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has confirmed to us that her details are correct. We are making arrangements to send her home.”
The girl has said that she had the required travel documents.
The Siddapura police have registered a case of trafficking (IPC 370) and procuration of minor girl (IPC 366A) and are trying to track down the accused.
There has been a spate of incidents related to such anonymous Facebook friends. In May, a 13-year-old boy recorded his parents getting intimate and shared it with an anonymous Facebook friend.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:40 PM