BSF seize human hair being smuggled to Bangladesh

Guwahati: The Border Security Force (BSF) troopers have seized 300 kg of human hair meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh from International Border of South West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

According to a BSF spokesperson, the human hair was seized after they were ferried from Shillong to bordering Jamador village before being smuggled to Bangladesh through the riverine route along the South West Khasi Hills district.

“Bangladesh has emerged as a new transit corridor for human hair smuggling for further supply to China and Taiwan. Earlier Myanmar was used as a transit for illegal trade of human hair,” the spokesman added.

The seized human hair valued at Rs 30 lakh in the market.

Human hair is used in making wigs as these have huge international demand.

The BSF, which guards the 443-km India-Bangladesh border with Meghalaya, had seized 225 kg of human hair while smuggling it to Bangladesh in 2022.

There has been increase in demand of human hair in Bangladesh owing to flourishing wig business. Bangladesh has also emerged as a new transit hub for human hair smuggling for further shipping to China. Earlier, Myanmar was used as a transit country.

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