Child-focused social protection can combat child trafficking
Terming child trafficking as a both national and international problem, speakers at a programme called for ensuring social protection (financial and social safety net supports) to children for combating the trafficking. Generally, children from poor families fall victim to the trafficking due to their vulnerability. If they are brought the social protection, the chance of their trafficking will be reduced to a large extent, they observed.
Stressing on child responsive protection and care, they urged all stakeholders to come forward in this regard, because it would be tough for the government to handle the issue alone.
If steps are not taken for preventing child trafficking, all the achievements of Bangladesh would be meaningless, they observed.
They remarked while addressing a daylong 'Annual Conference of PCTSCN Consortium of ATSEC Members 2019: Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking' at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital recently.
INCIDIN Bangladesh and Nari Maitree jointly organized the programme supported by TdH Netherlands.
Md Abu Bakar Siddique, Additional Secretary (Political and ICT), Ministry of Home Affairs, attended as the chief guest at the first session of the conference, which was chaired by AKM Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDIN Bangladesh.
Ferdousi Akter, joint secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Liesbeth Zonneveld, chef of party, Winrock International, Bangladesh, Gaziuddin Mohammad Munir, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Shaheen Akter Dolly, Executive Director of Nari Maitree, among others, spoke at the event.
Kazi Reazul Hoque, former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, attended as the chief guest at the concluding session of the conference.