Human trafficking rife, conviction rare

Only one person was convicted in a human trafficking case in Bangladesh in 2020, according to a UN report highlighting the concern over low convictions of the crime.

Human trafficking in Bangladesh increased after natural disasters: UN

Human trafficking cases in Bangladesh and the Philippines increased after devastating cyclones and typhoons displaced millions, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.

Bangladeshi teenager rescued from ship container in Malaysia

A Bangladeshi boy has been rescued from an empty container which reached the Port Klang of Malaysia on a cargo ship that left Chattogram Port six days ago.

Human trafficking: 4 Rohingyas die as boat sinks off Teknaf

At least four people including a child died as a Malaysia-bound trawler carrying Rohingya refugees sunk off the coast of Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar yesterday morning.

Presumed dead in Thai jungle: 2 photos and hope rekindled

Hearing the news of the mass graves discovered in Thailand in 2015, family members of three men who had left Bangladesh two years ago thought they were among those buried.

Traffickers on the prowl online

Efforts to combat human trafficking need to be coordinated both in cyberspace and the real world, since the menace has latched on to the internet and gotten worse amid the pandemic, said speakers yesterday.

Mass awareness crucial for safe migration: speakers

Speakers highlighted the importance of creating mass awareness in preventing human trafficking to encourage citizens for safe migration at a meeting in Shariatpur yesterday.

Human Trafficking Thru The Bay: 5 including Jubo League leader held

Rab claimed to have arrested five members of a human trafficking syndicate from Cox’s Bazar’s Rajakhali, who conned people by promising to send them to Malaysia.

‘No single agency is enough’

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said human trafficking and migrant smuggling cannot be prevented by only one organisation or agency.

Make vulnerable groups aware of human trafficking

Speakers at a virtual discussion today stressed the need for building awareness of human trafficking among vulnerable groups and proper enforcement of law in the country to reduce such crimes.

Justice for Human Trafficking: A privilege now gets in the way

When migrant workers fell victim to labour trafficking and filed cases with the police, the law enforcers prosecuted or arrested the recruiting agents responsible for sending the workers abroad. 

‘They trafficked over 500 job seekers to Dubai in last 7 years’

Rapid Action Battalion claimed to have arrested eight members of a human trafficking syndicate early yesterday, who trafficked job seekers to Dubai on tourist visas with fake BMET immigration clearance card.

No happy ending: She trafficked herself to rescue her daughter

After the incredibly brave rescue efforts to retrieve her daughter from traffickers in India -- an extraordinary story that stunned people in Bangladesh and the neighbouring country alike -- the mother from the capital’s Pallabi thought her ordeals were over.

Reform anti-trafficking Act

Owners of different recruiting agencies have urged the government to reform the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act-2012 to end “harassment” against them.

Human Trafficking: Families’ wait for justice gets longer

Justice remains elusive for 21 fortune seekers, who either died or went missing after being trafficked abroad, as investigators could not collect any evidence in around one and a half years since filing of the cases.

Traffickers target slum women

Transnational human trafficking syndicates are now targeting women in city slums and selling them to brothels in India after promising them lucrative jobs.

Human Trafficking: Victims still stranded in India

Some of the girls trafficked to India and forced into prostitution by a transnational racket are still stranded in the neighbouring country, while a few, including a minor, are yet to be traced.

Let victims’ voices lead the way

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh yesterday called for a joint effort to battle the heinous crime in trafficking in persons so that it can be eradicated from Bangladesh and beyond.

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