Speakers at a dialogue on Wednesday laid emphasis on joint efforts for comprehensive awareness programmes so that no one becomes victims of trafficking.
They said trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants remain pervasive and are recognized as crimes against humanity, and continue to thrive in situations of vulnerability.
The dialogue, themed "Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind," emphasized the need for a holistic approach to addressing trafficking in persons, committing to comprehensive measures to protect victims and preventing these rights violations.
Addressing the dialogue as the chief guest, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, “We should not only care about rescue, repatriation and rehabilitation but also need to make a comprehensive awareness program so that no one becomes a victim of trafficking.”
Public Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) with support from the Counter Trafficking in Persons Technical Working Group (CTIP-TWG) of the Bangladesh UN Network on Migration (BDUNNM) hosted the national dialogue in Dhaka marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Speaking as special guest, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen reiterated Bangladesh’s strong commitment and coordinated actions to combat organized crimes including trafficking in persons.
He said, “Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, consistent efforts are required to address other forms of vulnerability and root causes leading to human trafficking cases. Protection of victims and their welfare are shared responsibility and require sustained attention from all stakeholders.”
Senior Secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs Md Mustafizur Rahman chaired the dialogue.
He said they are committed to strengthen their national authority for prevention of human trafficking to be more operational and they will work hand in hand with all stakeholders for this.