As women and children continue to fall victim to human traffickers in the country, Civil Society activists called for fully implementing National Plan of Action (NPA) 2018-22 on preventing human trafficking.
The NPA stipulated for ensuring social, natural and economic safety measures and raising awareness for combating the trafficking, they said.
The NPA stressed on rehabilitating the victims and provide them with necessary supports after rescuing them through a well-protective system involving the state. It also asked for ensuring a protective environment for the victims and their families by properly applying relevant laws, they added.
Besides, the NPA called for proper coordination between the government and other stakeholders for combating the problem, they said, adding that proper implementation of NPA is required for eliminating the trafficking.
As the crisis goes unabated, it is urgently needed to implement the NPA and present regular report to the concerned authorities, they observed.
They remarked while addressing an opinion exchange meeting titled ‘progress on implementation of NPA and presenting regular report’ at YWCA auditorium at Mohammadpur in the capital on Sunday.
Community Participation and Development (CPD), a consortium member of Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN), organized the event on behalf of PCTSCN.
Chaired by Kamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Dhaka University, Advocate Md. Rafiqual Islam Khan Alom, coordinator, PCTSCN secretariat, presented the keynote paper.
AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, Prof. Dr. ASM Amanullah Ferdaws, Department of Sociology, Dhaka University, Moslema Bari, executive director of CPD, Rabiul Islam, deputy director of National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, among others, spoke at the event.