Additional superintendent of Police Md Jayed Shahrear stressed the need for a proactive role by police in enforcing relevant laws in the land to stop the inhuman trade of human trafficking from Bangladesh. Besides, he felt that if the general people were not made conscious of the issue, things would not move.
‘Bangladesh Police as a major apparatus of law enforcement in this land has been working 24/7 to improve the situation so that no human trafficking can take place,’ he said.
In a recent interview with New Age, he said that Bangladesh police were working hard to penalize those who were involved in human trafficking. ‘Most of them have already been brought to justice and there are many who have been behind the bar for the crimes they committed,’ he added.
He noted that among the general public, there was a compulsion to go abroad and earn a living. Therefore, there would always be new fake agencies or persons with ill motive who would engage themselves in human trafficking in the name of securing jobs for others.
So in order to stop it completely, people need to be more conscious about the consequences of travelling abroad without securing proper documents, he said.
Jayed Shahrear, who is discharging duty as a company commander in the elite force Rapid Action Battalion, said that there should be a good coordination among all the stakeholders engaged in this business, both various government agencies, as well as the recruiting agencies.
He suggested that a new body be formed comprising all members of various agencies to sit at least twice a month to discuss the issue and address the problems at hand.
‘Plus continuous, round the clock, public awareness campaign should be pursued through mass media to educate people for safe migration — to remind them that life is important than unsafe foreign employment opportunities.’
He argued that trafficking in the name of labour migration was not only tarnishing ‘our national image but also affecting the country’s position as a brand that is the top manpower-exporting country.’
Citing an example, he said that due to irregularities and various other reasons, Malaysia officially suspended recruiting workers from Bangladesh.
‘So in the light of the damage already done to the brand value we have created, and to look for ways to upgrade that value, we need to make our manpower export sector totally free of this kind of malpractices. Especially, working in disguise, in the name of sending workers abroad human trafficking chain has been operational for a long time,’ he observed.
He called for collective endeavours. He felt that all stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, relevant government departments and the recruiting agencies should work together to stop human trafficking in the migration sector.
‘Those who aspire to go abroad for employment need to be conscious and aware and they need not put their life on the line and tarnish the country’s image by following unsafe and forbidden routes for going abroad.’
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