Govt urged to speed up prosecution of human trafficking cases

Speakers at a discussion on Monday urged the government to speed up the prosecution of human trafficking cases to help combat such heinous crime.

A total of 4152 charges were filed against human traffickers since enactment of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act 2012. But very insignificant number of persons was convicted so far, they said.

They made their remark on Monday to observe the ‘World day against Trafficking in-Persons’ at the National Press Club in the city.

Winrock International organised the event in collaboration with 17 international and national level organisations.

Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission was the chief guest at the programme said Bangladesh has a good law and also a national plan to combat human trafficking.

“But there is no notable progress of curbing the crime so far,” he added.

Not a single tribunal is set up for trying human trafficking cases so far. But the government assured earlier to establish tribunal in every division.

 He urges the government for central coordination mechanism for preventing human trafficking and establishes safe migration process.

“We all, needed to work together to create awareness,” he added.

“Often, we received complaints of trafficking lately and through relatives, by this time perpetrators run away from the areas that creates difficulties to find strong evidence timely,” said Abul Kalam Azad, Additional SP at Dhaka Range of Bangladesh Police.

A.K.M. Masud Ali, executive director, INCIDIN Bangladesh highlighted the collective stand for effective implementation of National Plan of Action for combating Human Trafficking.

A documentary titled ‘Innocent Youth’ displayed and survivors of human trafficking shared their stories with the audience.

Prior to the discussion, a human chain was organised in front of the National Press Club to increase awareness about human trafficking.

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