Trafficking mostly takes place through irregular migration: Abu Bakar Siddique

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:00, Sep 13,2019 | Updated: 00:33, Sep 14,2019


Abu Bakar Siddique

Home ministry additional secretary for political and ICT Abu Bakar Siddique said that most of the trafficking in Bangladesh has been taking place through irregular process of migration of the workers.

In most of the cases, the migrant workers do not know the result of irregular migration, he said, adding that those involved in sending the workers abroad through forging documents were mainly responsible for trafficking.

In an interview with New Age, Abu Bakar Siddique said that at this moment Malaysian labour market remained closed to Bangladeshis but workers were being sent to that country in the guise of students and tourists.

Abu Bakar Siddique, who has been placed in charge of issues pertaining to human trafficking in the home ministry, said that before migrating abroad with job visas, the workers were required to obtain a clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training and also from the labour wings of Bangladesh missions abroad.

If the workers were sent without approval of the BMET and the Labour Wing, it would be illegal migration, he pointed out.

When the workers faced problems abroad after migrating through the travel agents, they sought help from home ministry, he said, adding that the ministry did not have anything further to do for the migrants at destinations.

‘Immigration department and home ministry cannot ensure their jobs abroad,’ he said.

About 80 per cent of trafficking victims were illegal migrants, he said.

He informed that they had taken a move to ensure that the trafficking cases would be disposed quickly across the country. ‘In each district, the district judge has been made legal adviser to expedite the trafficking cases,’ he said.

Police and public prosecutors would be accountable to update the ministry about the status of investigation and status of the trafficking cases in each district, he added.

Replying to a question, Abu Bakar said that trafficking depended on demand and supply, and we needed to work at both ends. The government had taken some moves to identify the traffickers to bring them to book, he said.

‘The government would make a database of the traffickers to increase monitoring over them,’ he told New Age.

The home official stressed the need for forcing the recruiting agencies to provide money receipts to the migrants against their payments.

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies would maintain a good coordination of sending the workers abroad by its members, he said, adding that Bangladesh missions should be informed before sending the workers.

After arrival, the workers would first report to Bangladesh mission and they would provide the workers mobile phones and other necessary suggestions for safe overseas employment, he said.

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