'Prevent child trafficking by enforcing law'

‘Prevent child trafficking by enforcing law’


Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps for proper enforcement of existing laws to prevent child trafficking.
Human trafficking is going unabated due to lack of implementation of existing law. Especially, the rate of child trafficking has been increased as government failed to stop human trafficking, they said.The speakers said the traffickers usually take advantage of poverty, hunger, landslide and other natural calamities to smuggle children to different foreign destinations where the victims have to embrace a dark inhuman life along with torture and other sufferings.
Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP), a non-government organisaiton, organised the press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
In his written statement, Zahid Hossain, Director of SEEP said the incidents of child trafficking is high in the bordering districts.
“’The trafficked girls are being sold in prostitutions at home and abroad. They are now victims of sexual harassment and other brutalities. On the other hand, the boys are used in crashing, drug dealing, theft, pick pocketing and other risky jobs,” he said.
The SEEP official said at present, the child trafficking is rampant in bordering districts, including Jessore, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Barguna, Jhenaidah, Rangpur, Kurigram, Rajshahi, Sirajganj, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Brahmanbaria, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari.
The SEEP leaders also urged the government to increase social awareness and build a safety circle for children in line with existing anti-human trafficking law.
They said Bangladesh is a source and transit country for men, women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labour and forced prostitution.
A significant share of Bangladesh’s trafficking victims are men recruited for work overseas with fraudulent employment offers who are subsequently exploited under conditions of forced labor or debt bondage, they added.
The press conference was informed that children – both boys and girls – are trafficked within Bangladesh for commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labour and forced labour. Some children are sold into bondage by their parents, while others are induced into labour or commercial sexual exploitation through fraud and physical coercion.
Women and children from Bangladesh are also trafficked to India for commercial sexual exploitation. Bangladeshi men and women migrate willingly to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Liberia, and other countries for work, often under legal and contractual terms.
Most Bangladeshis who seek overseas employment through legal channels rely on the 724 recruiting agencies belonging to the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA), according to sources. – Staff Reporter


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