‘A trafficker lives here’ – Bangladesh uses red paint to mark suspects’ homes, bdnews reports
According to bdnews24.com, Bangladeshi border guards are painting warnings on the homes of suspected human and drug traffickers in eastern villages in a bid to curb to trafficking to India.
Houses in villages near the border with northeast India have been marked in red paint with phrases such as “this is a human trafficker’s house”, according to a senior border guard.
Thousands of Bangladeshis are trafficked to India each year – many of whom are sold into prostitution or domestic servitude – anti-slavery activists say, although official data is lacking.
Anti-trafficking advocates and researchers were divided over the approach; some questioned the impact of castigating suspects who were unlikely to be the ringleaders of trafficking networks, while others said it was necessary in order to spread a message.
In an interview with bdnews Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program Chairman Shakirul Islam said, “We need to create social pressure since the trafficking cases are likely to run for a long time.”
He also added that, “The way I see it, I know the people in the villages … who are involved in trafficking because they have been doing it for a long time,” Islam added. “People need to know who they are.”
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