Periodic report on human trafficking to be launched
About 400 women and children are being trafficked to India and other countries from Bangladesh every month. About 300,000 women and children have been trafficked only to India in the last 10 years. The trafficking has become a national problem in the country. Most of the trafficking victims are women and children.
The preparatory meeting titled 'Periodic Reporting on Human Trafficking in Partnership with NHRCB and CSOs' was held at NHRCB at Karwan Bazar in the capital recently.
On behalf of PCTSCN Consortium, INCIDIN Bangladesh, agency of the Consortium, organized the event.
Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman of NHRCB, attended the event as chief guest.
Moderated by AKM Masud Ali, Executive Director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, Hironmoy Baroi, Secretary of NHRCB, Al Mahmud AMF Kabir, Director of NHRCB, Moslema Bari, Executive Director of Community Participation and Development (CPD), Suraia Banu, NPC of ILO, Advocate Rafiqual Islam Khan, Manager (legal and policy support) of INCIDIN Bangladesh, among others, spoke on the occasion.
National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh (NHRCB) in partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has taken an initiative in a bid to address the problem and uphold the country's image.
Addressing the meeting, Civil Society leaders said that NHRCB in partnership with CSOs will make periodic report on overall situation of the country's human trafficking. They will prepare the report and submit it to the government in February every year.
The USA State Department, which assesses Bangladesh's overall human trafficking situation every year, does not get true picture and they make negative comment in their observations about trafficking in Bangladesh, they said.
The US State Department, in their last two assessments, put Bangladesh in tier 2 watch list category regarding trafficking in Bangladesh. If the situation continues, the USA may place sanctions on Bangladesh, they said.
In their yearly report, the CSOs hoped that they under banner of 'Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN) Consortium' will be able to submit the report timely, portraying the full picture about the trafficking.
It would be helpful to spread true information and knowledge, which will eradicate misunderstanding regarding trafficking in Bangladesh, they said.