Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia security forces have destroyed a human trafficking syndicate which was spearheaded by a Bangladeshi businessman.

Initial investigation revealed that in just two years, that person raked in at least two billion ringgit (nearly 500 million USD) from Bangladeshi workers looking to land jobs in Malaysia.

According to The Star newspaper, Bangladeshi workers paid 20,000 ringgit each to their local agents who then paid half of the sum to the syndicate to facilitate work permit approvals and flight tickets to Malaysia.

It is learned that since late 2016, more than 100,000 Bangladeshi workers have been brought to Malaysia under the ring, while more than 100,000 are waiting for their turn.

Investigation of the newspaper also revealed that the businessman, due to his strong political influence in the two nations, was also instrumental in pushing the two countries’ signing of a government-to-government agreement in 2016 that gave only 10 companies from Bangladesh the right to recruit migrant workers for Malaysia.-VNA