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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Dec 07 1999 - 10:31:55 EST


         Trafficking in women, children going unabated, THE...

APwo 12-6-99 7:58 PM

   The bordering points on the northern districts, especially Nilphamari,
Lalmonirhat and Kurigram appear to be almost open for trafficking in women
and children to India. Women and children are allegedly being trafficked
through the bordering points of the three districts unabated. There had
been a restraint on trafficking in women and children a few months ago for
measures by the authority concerned. But recently the trafficking is being
carried on in a large scale. Sources said, women and children of poverty
stricken families having no source of income are collected by the agents of
an organised group of traffickers on the plea of providing jobs. They are
taken to safe places near the bordering points and are trafficked to India
in a planned way.
   The sources said, trafficking in women and children has increased in the
northern zone at an alarming rate, which has created panic among the
people. The districts in the northern zone are prune to poverty due to
recurrent floods and the helpless women with their children fall an easy
prey to the agents of the traffickers when they offer allurement for jobs.
The sources said, more than 500 women and children have been trafficked to
India from this zone during the last three months. About 20 lakh women are
reported to have been engaged in sex works in different brothels in India
and the traffickers reap benefits from the flesh trade. The sources said,
the women after being trafficked are engaged in sex work directly and the
male children as domestic servants. The female children when grow up are
engaged in sex work. It is gathered that the Bangladeshi women are in great
demand in the brothels located in different provinces in India and as such
the traffickers find it more profitable in women trafficking at any risk.
The traffickers manage the law enforcers when they face any obstructions
>from them. The bordering points along Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram
districts are more or less safe for trafficking in women and children for
reasons not known.
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Melanie Orhant

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