Although a relatively new social media platform, TikTok has already become a favorite tool for criminals to carry out their activities, according to law enforcement.
The shocking image emerged after around 28 people were arrested since May last year.
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The activities of the TikTok app also lead to deadly clashes among its users. In a recent debacle, a simple “haha” reaction to a TikTok video posted on Facebook led to a clash in Gazipur, leaving at least three people dead and four injured.
Legal experts and law enforcement believe that the problem can be solved by raising awareness and subjecting these social media apps to strict surveillance.
During investigations, law enforcement discovered a syndicate that targets teenage or school-aged girls on TikTok and befriends them. They are then lured by TikTok celebrity promises and invited on dates. Once they accept and come, they are sexually harassed and even raped, while being recorded. The videos are then used to extort them.
During the first week of February, the DB’s Cybercrime and Special Crimes Division arrested two people, DJ Nayem (20) and Kamal Ali (19), after the father of a young girl from 14-year-old filed a complaint with Tejgaon Police Station for pornography. act of control.
The victim’s father claimed he received compromising photos of the girl on WhatsApp on January 31. The sender demanded a motorbike, threatening to post the photos on social media otherwise. Detectives recovered around 60 more photographs of teenage girls from the mobile phones of those arrested after the arrest.
“We are looking for another member of the syndicate, who used to rape teenagers after inviting them to shoot videos and later extort them with video recordings of the crime,” said Junaed Alam Sharker, additional deputy commissioner from DB.
In September last year, police arrested Rasul Hridhoy from Bhatara, the capital, for raping four girls. Police said he used to entrap girls using similar tactics.
FROM ROBBERY TO MONEY COLLECTION
On February 2, the DB (Gulshan Division) arrested four people – Hazrat Ali (25), Shimul Islam Liton (24) and two minors – accused of breaking into private residences and stealing valuables.
Police arrested them after stealing 16 laptops, two DSLR cameras, cash worth Tk 3.50 lakh and electronic gadgets worth Tk 12.40 lakh from the office of an IT company.
During questioning, those arrested admitted to robbing to fund their TikTok videos because they needed better clothes and electronics for that purpose, said Mashiur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of the DB.
On November 15 last year, the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a youth – Abur Rakib Khokon aka “TikTok Raj” (26), accused of cheating on more than 100 women on TikTok – doing pass as a member of different forces, including Rab.
Rab also claimed to have recovered fake Rab uniforms and identity cards from him.
He used fake identities on TikTok and befriended women, formed relationships, then blackmailed them with photos, investigators said.
Rakib married four wives, all of whom were defrauded by him into marriage, Rab officials said.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SEX WORK
In May last year, after a video of a Bangladeshi girl being tortured in India went viral on social media, another dark side of TikTok was revealed, in which the app was used for trafficking and illegal sex work.
Police have so far arrested 20 people for their involvement in drug syndicates. Indian law enforcement arrested a dozen people, including 11 Bangladeshis.
During interrogation, those arrested admitted that they used to trick young girls into inviting them to different pool parties, from where they trafficked them to neighboring India and forced them to work. as sex workers.
This correspondent also managed to speak to a victim after he returned home after being confined by a TikTok gang in India, who confirmed the information.
Mashiur Rahman, deputy commissioner of the DB, said: “Parents should check their children’s activities, where they go and what they do.
“Closing apps cannot be a solution. We need specific authority and regulation to monitor and operate these apps,” said Supreme Court attorney Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed.
Meanwhile, officials from the DB’s Cybercrime and Special Crimes Division have asked victims to file charges against such crimes.
Nusrat Jahan Mukta, the DB’s additional deputy commissioner, said, “Don’t be afraid to file a complaint. The identity of the victims has never been disclosed. But if the complaint is not filed, the criminals could have the opportunity to cause further harm.