Human trafficking scenario dismays all
To utter dismay to conscious section of people, the absence of tribunal in dealing with the cases of human trafficking and worrying picture of rising trafficking have worsened the situation. Seven years have elapsed after the passage of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act in 2012, but no tribunal is in sight to dispose of the human trafficking cases, making the trafficking scenario more intricate with the further increase of trafficking. Only 0.5 percent of human traffickers have been prosecuted in the last seven years.
Since 2013, a total of 6,106 people were arrested in connection with human trafficking, but only 25 of them have been convicted, according to a data of the Police Headquarters. The highest number of human trafficking cases were filed in Dhaka followed by the second highest in Jashore and the third highest in Cox’s Bazar.
Talking to The Bangladesh Post Omar Faruque Chowdhury, Executive Director of Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) said, “People who try to go abroad are mostly unskilled and illiterate. Often they fall into traps of human traffickers due to their lack of enough information”. With overseas goers facing harsh reality, Omar Faruque Chowdhury said the government should go for taking stringent measures against the unlicensed recruiting agencies. If law enforcers continue their ongoing drives the grave situation of human trafficking would be under control, he added.
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