Enforcing a tough stand against human trafficking, the government has undertaken more measures to further strengthen security along the coastal areas to combat human trafficking with an iron hand.
Bangladesh is committed to combat and prevent human trafficking like that against terrorism and militancy, which is a global issue, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BSS today.
He said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina already instructed the law-enforcing agencies for adopting a zero tolerance policy against human trafficking.
The minister said the government enacted a human trafficking prevention and suppression law called Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act on February 20, 2012 with a provision for capital punishment and also life-term in jail.
Kamal said that the National Plan 2015-17 for prevention of human trafficking was formulated, now being implemented to make the law enforcers more advanced with the latest training. The National Plan 2012-14 was already implemented.
Bangladesh is determined to stop human trafficking and we are working relentlessly to make Bangladesh a safe and peaceful developed country under the bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.
The human trafficking prevention inter-ministerial committee is regularly sitting in every two months in the home ministry, while another meeting is sitting with the additional secretary of the home ministry every month, an official said.
As part of the anti-human trafficking campaign, the high-speed patrol Metal Shark boats and patrol craft of Bangladesh Coast Guard have been deployed in the deep sea to increase patrol activities.
A high-speed Metal Shark boat and a patrol craft have been deployed to patrol at Chittagong and Gohira areas, while another Metal Shark boat is patrolling at Kutubdia and Sangu Stations.
Two modern high speed Metal Shark boats are also patrolling in Shahpari, Teknaf and Saint Martin's coastal areas, the official said.
The government also took various projects to further strengthen the Bangladesh Coast Guard to increase security in the coastal areas of the country and combat human trafficking. The Coast Guard has regularly been conducting patrols in the areas of Chittagong and Gohira.
Besides, the measures include setting up Counter-Trafficking Committees (CTC) up to the Union level, the lowest tier of the local government; ensuring participation of relevant NGOs and CSOs in the CTCs at all administrative levels; operationalzing a Monitoring Cell at the Police Headquarters to collect and analyze data on trafficking; setting up a seamless intelligence network among the concerned law enforcement and border security agencies; drawing up a time-bound plan to invest in the capacity building of Bangladesh Coast Guard and other relevant agencies; introduction of counter-trafficking issues in training curricula for judicial, law enforcement and investigation agencies etc.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)