Dhaka: Bangladesh security forces have arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly running in an upscale Dhaka neighbourhood.
Officers from the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided the apartment block late on Sunday and arrested the foreigners over the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operation offering cheap international calls.
“The rented the building to run illegal VoIP business. The foreigners include seven women. Thirty-two of them are Taiwanese and the rest Chinese. They'll be handed over to a police station today.”
According to sources, they don't have any work permit to operate in Bangladesh.
Phone companies in Bangladesh offering international calls including through VoIP services must obtain a licence from the nation's telecoms regulator, ensuring large revenues for the government.