Indonesia finds 193 Bangladeshis locked up in shop house

February 7, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Indonesia finds 193 Bangladeshis locked up in shop house: Brainwave Science


193 men have been found locked up in a shophouse in Medan, Indonesia. These men are of Bangladeshi origin. They have been found after the Indonesian Police conducted a raid to investigate the matter. The men entered Indonesia as tourists via Bali and the city of Yogyakarta with the intention of going to Malaysia for work. It is said that the men are victims of Human Trafficking and have been lured to this location. They had been locked up in Medan in the island of Sumatra.

However, the men were in a healthy condition when they were discovered on Tuesday night. Later, they were taken to an immigration detention centre. They will be later sent back to Bangladesh.

One of the men, named Mahbub (aged 39 years) said that some of the men in the group had been held by the traffickers for three months. Mahbub added that all the men including him were conned. They were destined for Malaysia. They reached Bali, Indonesia from Bangladesh after a four-day bus trip.

The authorities found out about the case after neighbours reported hearing strange noises coming from the building. These men are not Rohingya Muslims.


In May 2015, 28 abandoned human-trafficking camps and multiple unmarked graves were found in the dense jungle of Wang Kelian near the Thai-Malaysian border. It is suspected that around 800 victims were held in squalid conditions, in wooden cages which were too small for adults to even stand in. The victims were tortured, and they included children. This is indicated because of the presence of bullet casings, metal chains, children’s toys like a teddy bear. It is reported that many died due to starvation and disease while waiting for ransoms from victims’ families before being smuggled into Malaysia.

In 2017,  A Thai court found guilty 62 out of the 100 who were accused on charges of forced detention leading to death, trafficking, rape, and membership in transnational organized criminal networks. 15 Thai officials were implicated as well.

There is a presence of big trafficking rings which have transporters, agents and guards. There are clear linkages between human trafficking and civil unrest and conflicts, but also glaring overlap between refugees, smuggled migrants and victims of human trafficking.

According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 63,251 victims were identified in 106 countries and territories between 2012 and 2014, although 42 per cent of the victims did not cross international borders. Factors such as the presence of transnational organized crime elements in the victim’s country of origin and his/her socio-economic profile could increase a person’s vulnerability to human trafficking during the migration process.

People escaping from war zones and from persecution were particularly vulnerable to human trafficking as they were more likely to make dangerous migration decisions out of desperation.

Such people are taken advantage of by the highly organized and omnipresent trafficking rings across the globe. Often, some members of the ring are nationals of the same country as the ones being trafficked. They pose as agents and con the victims.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. There are more than 27 million human slaves globally, as you read this. By using conventional methods, the agencies across the globe will only be able to make a dent in the worldwide trafficking framework.

If the agencies want to weed out human trafficking once and for all, then a revolutionary method is needed. It needs to be applicable globally, to be scientific, to be reliable, easy to deploy, less costly than any other forensic method, have no counter-measures, and be highly accurate.


Brainwave Science is a thought leader at the forefront of emerging and sophisticated technology. It aims to take forensic science to the next level. It has introduced a revolutionary technology called iCognative. It is a scientific solution which measures and reads the brain’s involuntary electrical activity in response to a subject being shown stimuli relating to a crime. iCognative has been tested by world-renowned institutions and security agencies.

iCognative helps the best performing security intelligence by providing them intelligence, quality data and speedy processing in order to help them solve complex crimes.

iCognative is an advanced and collaborative tool. It is so sophisticated that it can detect subjective testing and inaccurate subject response to stimuli.

A iCognative subject is tested for the presence of crime-related information in his or her brain. In order to achieve this, the test subject, who usually is a witness or an arrested suspect, is made to wear a specialized headset. Then he or she is made to look at a computer screen on which stimuli, in the form of pictures, images or phrases are displayed. The memory centres of the human brain respond to the sight of familiar stimuli with a distinct change in electrical activity.  In other words, brain waves cannot lie.

The headset records these changes in electrical activity and relays them to the iCognative computer. Here, the inputs are analysed on the fly and the results are reported as soon as the usually 45-minute-long test is concluded.

In the case of discovery of 193 locked up Bangladeshis, the investigation is being carried out. Once suspects are arrested, they could be made to undergo the iCognative test. The stimuli in this case, would be pictures, and details of the shophouse in which the men were detained, pictures of the detained men, details of where they were lured from, the details of the bus journey from Bangladesh to Indonesia, details of how the men were found to be in healthy condition despite being locked up for a considerable amount of time,  etc.

iCognative will not only help to detect the presence of crime-related information in the brains of arrested suspects but also help to establish links between a suspect and known trafficking networks, places and events. iCognative is not only limited to human trafficking but, it is also equally applicable to law enforcement, national security, border control ,immigration, counter-terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Indonesian anti-trafficking authorities must try out iCognative to quickly unearth the criminal organizations behind this rampant exploitation of innocent humans.

Main Source: Reuters

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