MNA Editorial Desk: Women trafficking are at present a big global issue. This trade results in unimaginable mental and physical abuse, loss of human dignity, violation of countless human rights. It is a modern form of slavery, violates national and international laws against rape, torture, abduction and murder.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in trafficking of women in Bangladesh. Very little work has been done to understand the local dynamics of the Problem meaningfully. Trafficking in women features prominently on the global agenda both from human rights perspective as well as broader safe migration viewpoint.
According to a report of India’s Kerala State Police, Bangladeshi girls are collected by these Indian trafficking rings from many districts, in exchange of Tk 30,000 to Tk 40,000 to the ‘procurer’.
These ill-fated girls are then taken to India and sold off to different brothels and residential hotels, where they are forced into prostitution. Adolescent girls and ladies with good-looks are trafficked to Pakistan or the Middle East.
In the world of crime, human trafficking is a very profitable and lucrative business. Thus, the global human trafficking rate has significantly risen over past decade. In South Asia, Bangladesh has earned a bad name as transit for trafficking women and children.
In neighboring India and Nepal, women trafficking are illegal by the constitution. Even though these are no direct clause in this regard in our constitution, clauses relating to basic rights can be used as a shield for the victims.
Even when the UN and other organizations are conducting joint programmes with the government to stop flesh trade, punish the criminals and protect the rescued victims, but lack in awareness about the crime still remains at bay.
In such conditions, it has become very important to add specific clauses to the constitution, implementing existing laws and raise awareness to put an end to women trafficking of Bangladeshi citizens.