US reaffirms support Bangladesh to combat human trafficking

DHAKA The USA has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to work with Bangladesh to combat human trafficking through providing training for improved investigation that lead to strong prosecutions and speedy convictions.

The commitment was reiterated while the USAID Bangladesh's Counter Trafficking in Persons (BC/TIP) program concluded a five-day anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) investigation skills training for Bangladesh police officers at Forensic Training Institute (FTI) in the capital today, said a press release here.

At the closing ceremony of the training, jointly organised by FTI under CID of Bangladesh police, USAID Bangladesh mission director Derrick Brown said the USA is committed to working with Bangladesh to implement its National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat human trafficking.

Putting more traffickers behind bars will give hope to vulnerable groups at risk of being trafficked and send a strong signal to would-be traffickers that they will be found and punished for their crimes, Brown observed.

In collaboration with the FTI, the BC/TIP program developed a training curriculum on best practices for handling and investigating TIP cases and assisting trafficking victims in filing cases against perpetrators.

Twenty-three police officers from 20 trafficking-prone districts actively participated in the training, the third anti-human trafficking investigation course held since August last.

The five-year BC/TIP Program, funded by the USAID Bangladesh and implemented by Winrock International, a US non-governmental organization, works in 25 trafficking-prone districts.

The BC/TIP has invested more than US$ 8 million to support TIP shelter homes and judicial sector capacity building, one of many initiatives of the US Embassy here to support the Bangladesh government's efforts to combat trafficking in persons and build capacity to protect vulnerable populations.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)