Comprehensive efforts to combat trafficking in persons stressed
Speakers at a workshop on Sunday said trafficking in persons is a crime which should be brought under control with the comprehensive efforts of government, development partners, law enforcement agencies and civil society members.
They came up with the opinion at a National Consultative Workshop titled "Comprehensive Responses to Trafficking in Persons" held at a city hotel.
IOM Bangladesh as a coordinator and secretariat of UN Migration Network organised the event in coordination with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs with financial support from U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Addressing the event, Brent Christensen, political/economic counselor, U.S Embassy in Bangladesh said, "We view trafficking in person as a serious crime. Bangladesh was ranked Tire 2 Watch list in the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2019 causing concerns for many people in this room. "
"The report's most critical recommendation advices Bangladesh to 'significantly increase prosecutions and convictions for trafficking offenses'. We believe Bangladesh has a constructive action plan to prevent human trafficking. The focus now must be implementation." Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, said, "Trafficking disproportionately affect people who are already discriminated against and vulnerable to exploitation and exclusion. -UNB