Consultation on Prevention of Human Trafficking Held

National Consultation with members of CTC on National Plan of Action (NPA) for Prevention and suppression of Human Trafficking 2018-2022 has been held in the city on Tuesday.

Senior gpvernment officials, civil society leaders, anti trafficking compaigners attended the day-long national consulation organized by  Winrock International with support of USAID fund.

Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Senior Secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs spoke at the consultation as chief guest.

He said that although there were some limitations in the implementation of the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act-2012 and the National Plan of Action 2018-2022, the sincere efforts from all the members of CTCs in line with the NPA 2018-2022 could eliminate human trafficking at the grassroot level.

He further said that, for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, the government of Bangladesh has undertaken some significant innitiatives such as adopting of various anti-trafficking policies including reforming laws and enactment of new laws.

Terming human trafficking as modern slavery and organized crime, Mostafa Kamal Uddin called for the district, upazila and union human trafficking prevention committees to work together in a coordinated manner with government departments, non-government organizations and private organizations that are actively contributing at the local level.

He also advised them to work in line with the National Plan of Action 2018-2022.

The USAID funded and Winrock International implemented Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-in-Persons (BC/TIP) Program in collaboration of Public Security division, Ministry of Home Affairs of the People's Republic of Bangladesh organized the “National Consultation with the members of CTC on National Plan of Action (NPA) for Prevention and suppression of Human Trafficking 2018-2022” today at Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka.

The event was presided over by Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Additional Secretary (Political and ICT), Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs. He urged the members of the Counter-Trafficking Committee to maintain coordination among the grassroots to national level committees.

Mr. Md. Joynal Abedin Mollah, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment said in his speech as a Special Guest that the potential migrant workers need to know the proper channel of migration to be safe from being trafficked, and skilled manpower is essential for safe and effective migration, he added. He said that government has established “Vigilance Task Force” both at district and upazila level for prevention of human trafficking. He emphasized on the grassroot awareness- raising for combatting human tracking.

In his speech as special guest, Syed Md. Nurul Basir, Director (Institution), Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Welfare, emphasized on the reintegration process of trafficking of survivors into their society with dignity and respect. He called for all government and non-government organizations, committees, and community people to work in a concerted manner.

At the outset of the program, Ms. Liesbeth Zonneveld, Chief of Party, Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-in- Persons (BC/TIP) Program, delivered her welcome speech and shared the overall objectives of the national consultation.

Mr. A K M Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDIN Bangladesh made a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of CTCs in the light of the National Plan of Action 2018-2022 for Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking. He highlighted the salient features of the National Plan of Action 2018-2022, expectations to CTCs, key achievements, and sustainability of CTCs.

In open discussion session, the representatives from the different departments of district, upazila, and union-level Counter-Trafficking Committees expressed their views. Saleh Uddin Chowdhury, District Education Officer, Cox's Bazar said that the trafficking situation would be improved, if the country could increase available employment opportunity by creating skilled manpower through providing technical and vocational training. Nafriza Shayma, Additional Director General (Employment), Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training spoke at the event among others.

A total of 120 (approximately) representatives including the members of the district, upazila and union Counter-Trafficking Committees from Khulna, Rangpur, Rajshahi, and Chattogram divisions, government high officials, officials of local administrations of different districts, officials from UN agencies, INGOs and non-governmental organizations, journalists and civil society participated in this event.

A total of 120 (approximately) representatives including the members of the district, upazila and union Counter-Trafficking Committees from Khulna, Rangpur, Rajshahi, and Chattogram divisions, government high officials, officials of local administrations of different districts, officials from UN agencies, INGOs and non-governmental organizations, journalists and civil society participated in this event.

Abu Hena Mustafa Zaman, Joint-Secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs concluded the consultation program with a vote of thanks.

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