Stop human trafficking

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 23, 2009 in Human Rights, Remittances

Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harbouring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labour (including bonded labour or debt bondage), and servitude. The total annual revenue for trafficking in people is estimated to be between $5 billion to $9 billion. The Council of Europe states that people trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion. Trafficking victims typically are recruited using coercion, deception, fraud, abuse of power, or outright abduction. Threats, violence, and economic leverage such as debt bondage can often make victim consent to exploitation.

Transcending national boundaries and involving organised crime syndicates, trafficking in human beings is posing a challenge to law enforcement agencies across the world. According to estimates by the US government, trafficking, involving one million people is going on across international borders every year.

In Bangladesh the issue is alarming. The new government should take immediate action to stop human trafficking. This can take on three forms.

-Raising awareness amongst potential victims in the areas where human traffickers are active.

-Raising awareness amongst police, social welfare workers and immigration officers.

-Raising awareness amongst the clients of prostitution, to look out for signs of a human trafficking victim.

The daily star 23.02.2009




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