A review of the strategies to prevent women and children trafficking in Bangladesh

Haque, Moinul (2011) A review of the strategies to prevent women and children trafficking in Bangladesh. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Bangladesh, a country of South Asia, is highly vulnerable to women and children trafficking. Every year a large number of women and children are trafficked to especially in India, Pakistan and Middle East countries. They are mainly engaged in prostitution, involuntary domestic works and forced labour. Realizing the severity and heinous consequences of trafficking outcome, during the last few years the Bangladesh government has adopted several strategies and initiatives to combat women and children trafficking. Despite these initiatives, there is no reliable evidence that trafficking is now under control or that the trend is decreasing. This study therefore aims to examine and evaluate different government and non-government anti-trafficking strategies and to explore the underlying implications for the implementation of the strategies.

    The study is mainly a literature based qualitative analysis of strategies to combat women and children trafficking in Bangladesh. A part of this study includes telephone interviews of key informants who are closely related to anti-trafficking activities. Literature based study raises questions regarding the reliability and validity of the information. While conducting the study, there was also the apprehension that information available in the official websites of different Bangladeshi organizations may lack of recent issues. So, interviews were conducted to have precise and updated information from the field level and also for triangulation of data.

    The study basically focused on the criminalization, prevention, victim support and human rights perspectives of the existing strategies. The legal anti-trafficking framework that has been developed by Government mainly focuses on criminalization aspects neglecting victim support and human rights issues. NGOs on the other hand, have established a positive image especially in prevention, interception and integration, although their victim support activities are limited. This is mainly due to lack of government co-operation, shortage of budget and absence of integrated effort. The study finally suggests that government needs to play a more effective and dedicative role to develop a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to combat women and children trafficking in Bangladesh.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 10:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5660

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