The Daily Star: Yaba Invasion part I

The pink pill has snared millions of Bangladeshi youth into drug addiction on the promise of temporary happiness. The Daily Star has investigated the connections.

The pink pill has snared millions of Bangladeshi youth into drug addiction on the promise of temporary happiness. The Daily Star has investigated in a three part-series the connections to Myanmar, the sellers and its customers but also what part the police plays in the Yaba epidemic.

The trade of Yaba has increased alarmingly and a remarkable 40 million pills were seized in 2017. However, it only scratches the surface of how many pills are on the market. The first part of the investigation shows that even though the source of the drug has been traced to Myanmar, the Bangladeshi authority has met resistance from the authorities in Myanmar when trying to counteract the problem.

How does the youth get hold of the drug and what has been done by the local police in the megacity Dhaka? In the second part the journalists approach the dealers but also discover how some policemen are playing on two sides. In the final part of the investigation, we get a close-up of how one of the Yaba drug carriers built a syndicate, making him known as the “Yaba Lord”.

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