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Lured with job promise, Bangladeshi woman falls prey to organ trafficking

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JESSORE/GUWAHATI, April 9 - A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman, who was trafficked to India�s southern part in the guise of better job opportunities, was reportedly forced to undergo surgery without her consent in Bengaluru, in what appears to be a case of cross-border organ trafficking. The shocking incident came to the fore late in the evening today in Bangladesh�s Jessore district which borders West Bengal (India).

Although medical examination is yet to be done on her to ascertain her case, the cut marks on her belly, according to experts, clearly indicated that she had gone under the knife, although official confirmation is still awaited.

The victim woman had reportedly given statement that she was operated without her consent following which she started feeling unwell on a regular basis. The survivor, according to sources, was sold for a hefty amount and was reportedly abandoned after the surgery.

This staff reporter from The Assam Tribune had last week visited Bangladesh, including Jessore, to investigate the cross-border human trafficking racket. The victim, who was promised a job of Rs 22,000 per month in Kolkata, was eventually sold for Rs 2 lakh by a trafficker, as per latest information.

�There are multiple cut marks on her body, including her face, and we are trying to ascertain what exactly happened with her. Only a thorough medical examination would reveal which organ had been removed,� sources, requesting anonymity, told The Assam Tribune.

�She is under constant pain,� sources revealed.

Rights Jessore, a Jessore-based NGO, working in the field of cross-border human trafficking, is currently following the case.

Sources also informed that a case would be lodged with the police station in this regard by tomorrow.

�Although Bangladesh has a history of poor people falling prey to organ trafficking, the trend was not heard of in recent times. This could turn out be one of the rarest cases of recent times where somebody had been trafficked for organs,� sources opined.

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Lured with job promise, Bangladeshi woman falls prey to organ trafficking

JESSORE/GUWAHATI, April 9 - A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman, who was trafficked to India�s southern part in the guise of better job opportunities, was reportedly forced to undergo surgery without her consent in Bengaluru, in what appears to be a case of cross-border organ trafficking. The shocking incident came to the fore late in the evening today in Bangladesh�s Jessore district which borders West Bengal (India).

Although medical examination is yet to be done on her to ascertain her case, the cut marks on her belly, according to experts, clearly indicated that she had gone under the knife, although official confirmation is still awaited.

The victim woman had reportedly given statement that she was operated without her consent following which she started feeling unwell on a regular basis. The survivor, according to sources, was sold for a hefty amount and was reportedly abandoned after the surgery.

This staff reporter from The Assam Tribune had last week visited Bangladesh, including Jessore, to investigate the cross-border human trafficking racket. The victim, who was promised a job of Rs 22,000 per month in Kolkata, was eventually sold for Rs 2 lakh by a trafficker, as per latest information.

�There are multiple cut marks on her body, including her face, and we are trying to ascertain what exactly happened with her. Only a thorough medical examination would reveal which organ had been removed,� sources, requesting anonymity, told The Assam Tribune.

�She is under constant pain,� sources revealed.

Rights Jessore, a Jessore-based NGO, working in the field of cross-border human trafficking, is currently following the case.

Sources also informed that a case would be lodged with the police station in this regard by tomorrow.

�Although Bangladesh has a history of poor people falling prey to organ trafficking, the trend was not heard of in recent times. This could turn out be one of the rarest cases of recent times where somebody had been trafficked for organs,� sources opined.

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