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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/BANGLADESH: HUMAN SMUGGLING, THE INDEPENDENT.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 18:55:41 EST


13Nov00 BANGLADESH: HUMAN SMUGGLING, THE INDEPENDENT.
It appears that an attempt to smuggle children out of the country has been
foiled. That is the report emerging from the arrests of seven men by
personnel of Mohammadpur police station in the city on Friday. While no
details have been given out, the report is that there has been a bid to
smuggle out as many as nineteen tribal children by the seven people in
question. Having brought the children to Dhaka from places like Joypurhat
and Dinajpur districts, the men had the children gather in Shyamoli as
preparation for an onward journey to Rangamati.
The purpose, said those men, was to have the children handed over to a
non-government organization in Rangamati. That, predictably, did not ring
true since they could produce no documents to support their statement. And
thus the children are now free of them as the authorities deliberate on the
action to be taken in the case of the seven men.The problem of
child-lifting cannot be looked at in a smug manner, for reasons which have
to do with past experience in such matters. Only months ago, young
Bangladeshi children were discovered lost, indeed abandoned, in India. It
took much organizational, to say nothing of legal, effort to bring them
back to the country.
There is, in addition to all this, the oft-repeated tales of Bangladeshi
children, especially boys, being smuggled out to the Middle East by
unscrupulous elements not averse to making profit out of the miseries of
the poor. Of course, in a number of cases, parents have been guilty too of
sending their children abroad in an unauthorised manner. Add to that the
bigger issue of Bangladeshi women regularly being lured out of the country
and then deposited in countries such as Pakistan, where their fate declines
to one of something less than the moral.
Over the years, the media have focused on such issues. But the expectation
that there will be follow-ups, or that governmental efforts in dealing with
the bad elements responsible for such abductions (for that is what they
are) will be ceaseless have quite been misplaced. Which is why it becomes
absolutely necessary at this stage to ask the authorities to report back to
the country on what they have been doing in the area so far. A nation which
must lose its children and women to evil men is in dire straits, surely.
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