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.
- 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
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.
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.
10/12/2010 NEPALSisters 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.
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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.
15/07/2010 INDIAIndia, 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.