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15 November, 2017 00:00 00 AM

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No let-up in human trafficking

It is quite disturbing to note that trafficking in men, women and children is showing no sign of abatement in the country. Thousands of people, including women and children, have been trafficked through the sea routes and land routes in the past few years.

According to a report of this newspaper on Monday, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 24 people including seven women from Gatipara border under Benapole port police station while they were illegally entering into Bangladesh on Sunday. The arrestees hail from different areas of Faridpur, Khulna and Bagerhat districts. They went to India in search of jobs.

Members of human trafficking gangs are spreading their networks throughout the country. What is worrying is that a section of dishonest members of the law enforcement agencies are also engaged in this heinous practice. Members of the gangs are carrying on their sinister activities in different parts of the country, including the capital city.  Thousands of people have been trafficked through the sea routes.  Lured by lucrative job prospects, many impoverished people, including women and girls, were caught in the traps laid by the gangs. Most of the victims bore the brunt of slavery and wretchedness.  Inhuman torture perpetrated by the human traffickers and their agents caused deaths of many innocent ones.

Women and girls who are victims of human trafficking are repeatedly raped by members of human trafficking gangs at home and in foreign lands. They suffer from traumas stemming from physical and mental torture. It is very unfortunate that no tangible action has been taken against the members of the syndicates involved in human trafficking. The big-shots involved in this heinous crime remain untouched. It is high time for the relevant authorities to rein in the human traffickers. Mere uttering of platitudes will not do. Effective cooperation between governments and private sector to address the root causes of the human trafficking is the need of the hour.

There is no scope for taking the human trafficking issue lightly. The hoodlums engaged in human trafficking must be identified and punished. On the other hand, the victims of the crime need proper rehabilitation. They should be provided financial, mental and moral support to overcome the trauma. Besides, awareness campaign on the prevention of human trafficking is very much essential. Members of the law enforcement agencies and civil society and media have vital roles to play in this regard.  

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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