Nineteen trafficked Christian children have been rescued in
Bangladesh, and there is an intensive search for more who were
basically sold into slavery.
traffickers tricked the parents into believing the children, ages 5
to 12, would be taken to Dhaka and educated in a Christian school.
Corey Bailey of International Christian Concern tells
OneNewsNow the intent was actually to sell them to madrassas, or
"Basically what happened is university students in Dhaka found
out about the plight of these children, met the bus at the station
in Dhaka, rescued the kids and actually nabbed the
trafficker who is now in jail," he explains.
Under the deceptive plan, the children are forced to convert to
Islam, sign documents to that effect, and change their names to
make it hard to trace them.
"If they refuse to do anything that the teachers at the Islamic
training center want them to do, they report being beaten with live
wires, starved, locked in closets," Bailey says. "So part of it is
to convert them, but sources are telling us that they believe that
the goal is to brainwash them and then send them off to be part of
suicide squads to be used in Jihad."
ICC is working to educate the Christian villagers so they will
not be tricked into giving up their children, but they are also
learning from other families that have been deceived previously. To
date, about 150 children have been rescued and roughly 200 more are
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