22 February 2018

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06/04/2014 BANGLADESH

Poverty and illiteracy are the leading causes of child trafficking in Bangladesh

National and international NGOs describe the situation of human trafficking at a workshop. In most cases, the victims end up in prostitution, or are used in organ trafficking.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - Poverty, illiteracy and disinformation are the main factors that fuel human trafficking, especially children and women, in Bangladesh, this according to local (World Vision Bangladesh, Bangladesh Sishu Adhkur Foundation) and international (Terre des Hommes Netherlands) NGOs, who organised a seminar in Dhaka to take stock of the situation and develop new strategies to combat this phenomenon.

Southern Bangladesh is where human trafficking is most prevalent and where NGOs are most active. Here "Most of the children end up in prostitution in India, Pakistan, Nepal and other neighbouring countries," said Chandan Z Gomes, a Catholic who heads World Vision Bangladesh. "Others are used for organ trafficking."

Dr Ishrat Shamim, from Dhaka University's Department of Sociology, presented some data. Between 2001 and 2007, about 1,618 children have become victims of trafficking, she said. Of these, 825 were males and 793 females.

Generally speaking, the number has dropped over the years. Nevertheless, there are 13 known brothels in Bangladesh. About 42 per cent of the women and children who work there began between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

World Vision and Caritas Bangladesh have been working on awareness and education programmes to protect children from trafficking in the areas most at risk, particularly those near border regions.

See also

11/11/2004 PHILIPPINES
Family and friends push children into prostitution
Report denounces child prostitution: 60,000, perhaps 100,000 children involved.

10/12/2010 NEPAL
Sisters of the Holy Cross against abuses and trafficking of Nepali women
Because of the economic crisis every year more than 7 thousand women flee to India where they are often victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in prostitution. Sister Jaya and her sisters are visiting villages in the Terai region bordering India and offer hospitality, education and spiritual support to women.

28/09/2005 MALAYSIA
Baby-selling by organised syndicates is big business in Malaysia
Foreign women are forced into prostitution and denied contraception to bread for organised crime syndicates who sell their babies at US$ 40,000 each. Women's rights activist says baby-selling can be stopped if the sex trade is ended. Police and authorities are often involved with the criminals.

03/10/2013 TAIWAN
Taipei ranks first in the international fight against human trafficking
The island has held the record for four years. Each year it involves 2.5 million people and a turnover of 32 billion dollars. A seminar with representatives from 20 countries to study new strategies.

15/07/2010 INDIA
India, world hub in human trafficking
Each year, about 1.2 children are victims of human trafficking and prostitution. More than 100 million people are forced to work in slave-like conditions. Sex tourism continues to be highly profitable. A fair-skinned eight-year-old girl can fetch US$ 2,500 a night. Underage female prostitution is a billion-dollar industry, up 30 per cent over previous years.

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