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Labour migration equals trafficking in Bangladesh
Published on : 15 October, 2019


Insufficient prospect for legal migration is leaving a negative impact on the practice of safe migration in Bangladesh. Trafficking is practiced in the guise of labour migration as the rackets of traffickers continue to recruit the aspirant migrants with the false promise of overseas employment.

News source: http://www.newagebd.net/article/84369/labour-migration-equals-trafficking-in-bangladesh

As victims of trafficking, Bangladeshi migrant workers, both male and female, face the exploitative and inhuman conditions of labour in the form of forced labour and debt bondage in the foreign countries, said officials.

The migrant rights activists are of the opinion that low prosecution of the traffickers amid lack of enforcement of the counter-trafficking laws encouraged the unscrupulous dalals or middlemen to send the migrants abroad illegally and subject them to slavery.

They identified a number of barriers, including delay in establishing separate special tribunal and absence of comprehensive victim-witness protection for the effective enforcement of legal instrument to suppress human trafficking.

In case of labour migration from Bangladesh, even when the job contract, visa and travel documents are genuine, our citizens on arrival to the cherished destinations, realise that instead of the promised jobs, they are forced into exploitative works with low or no pay, according to National Plan of Action for Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking 2018-2022.

In definition, trafficking in persons shall mean ‘the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat, use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purposes of exploitation.

Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, forced marriage slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs, according to the UN agency.

OKUP chairman Shakirul Islam said a total of 279 Bangladeshi migrants in Italy and 92 migrants’ family members living in three villages in Bhairab upazila in Kishoreganj district were surveyed.

Most migrants have education under secondary level, he added.

Migrants from Madaripur, Shariatpur, Cumilla and Noakhali are dominant in Italy, Shakirul said, adding that the study found that the migration cost ranged from $8,000 to $18,000.

He recommended reforming migration laws and ensuring effective implementation of those laws, allocating budgets for migrants’ welfare and taking exemplary legal action against human traffickers.

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