Friday, 30 September, 2022

Call for integrated efforts to combat human trafficking

RAJSHAHI: Integrated efforts of all the government and non-government organisations concerned have become crucial to combat human trafficking as the present government is intended to attain desired yield in the field.

Under the dynamic and prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has been working relentlessly to free the nation from the curse of trafficking in persons.

So, all the authorities’ concerned and other stakeholders should come forward and work together to supplement the government endeavor.

High administrative and police officials made the observations while addressing the inaugural session of a daylong divisional workshop styled “National Work Plan 2018-2022 Implementation and Updating related to Human Trafficking Prevention and Mitigation” here on Thursday, reports BSS.

Public Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Commissioner Office of Rajshahi Division jointly organised the workshop supported by USAID.

Additional Secretary (Political and ICT Wing) to the Public Security Division AKM Mukhlesur Rahman and Principal of Bangladesh Police Academy Abu Hassan Muhammad Tarique addressed the workshop as chief and special guests respectively, while Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner GSM Zafarullah was in the chair.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Baten, Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Mazid Ali, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Abdul Jalil, Deputy Commissioner of Sirajganj Dr Faruque Ahmed and Deputy Commissioner of Chapainawabganj AKM Galiv Khan also spoke.

Chief Guest Mukhlesur Rahman said time has come to adopt effective programme to combat the human trafficking and the government has formulated the national work plan taking the issue into special consideration.

He also said there is a need of combating the human trafficking strictly to attain cherished mark in different international scale besides achieving the sustainable development goals.

To this end, the district, upazila and union-level human trafficking prevention committees should be effective and strengthened.

Apart from this, measures should be taken to arrange awareness meeting in the schools and colleges, particularly in the border-belt areas about discussing the demerits of human trafficking.

Around 85 people, consisting of administrative, police and BGB officials, media personnel and development activists from five districts, joined the workshop.

They also put forward a set of recommendations on how to attain desired yield in this field after taking part in its working session.