Curse of human trafficking must go

15 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It is shocking to note that among 75 desperate migrants who left Libya's Zuwara on the boat, a total of 37 are feared dead. The Red Crescent has confirmed deaths of 27 ill-fated Bangladeshis. We mourn the death of the young Bangladeshis and extend our deep sympathy to their bereaved families. Their risky journey in the hope of having a better life in Europe ended in deaths due to the greed of the traffickers who should be given the harshest possible punishment.

It is not to mention that the money, time and energy they invested and the aspiration of their parents about their bright future ended in tragedy. We know that the opportunity to migrate to mainly developed countries is nearly zero for less-educated, semi-skilled and unskilled job seekers who fall prey to the human traffickers.

 But, the global trend of migrants to cross the border on foot or otherwise illegally for reaching the developed countries, is well-known to the youths because of the internet and the use of smartphones. As a result, local agents of the intercontinental traffickers find it easy to lure our youngsters to take such risky and often deadly ways to sneak into a foreign land without knowing the dangers involved.

 A popular route to Europe for the traffickers is to Italy via Libya, gripped by a civil war now. Trafficking of the innocent Bangladeshi job-seekers abroad include Greece, Spain, America and some middle-eastern countries like Libya and Malaysia are rampant as well. In a nutshell, the illicit trade of human trafficking continues almost unabated.

 Traffickers lure the youth promising better jobs, high-profiled lifestyle and a secured and safe future in the developed country. The risky boat journey ratifies the fact that a section of unaware, unskilled and less-educated youngsters are ready to risk their lives in search of good fortune in a foreign land. The traffickers must be brought to book and the job seekers must be alerted against taking such illegal ways of migration.