Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Bangladesh: Children Trafficking A Serious Problem in Bangladesh
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jan 29 2001 - 09:54:03 EST
Children Trafficking A Serious Problem in Bangladesh
OTC 08/Jan/01 7:18 AM
DHAKA (Jan. 8) XINHUA - A total of 3,391 children were missing and 3,397
others trafficked out of the country in the last decade, according to a
report of the Center for Women and Children Studies quoted by The
Independent newspaper as saying Monday.
Only 2 percent of the missing children and 12 percent of the trafficked
children were rescued, the report added.
The number of kidnapped children is 987 during the period from January
1990 to December 1999. Of the kidnapped children, the number of girls is
higher than that of boys.
"Girls are forcibly kidnapped by thugs and sexually abused," said the
report prepared on the basis of newspaper clippings.
Of the 3,397 children trafficking in the past decade, 1,683 were boys,
the overwhelming majority was below the age of ten years, as most of the
boys are trafficked for use as camel jockeys in the Gulf countries.
"Trafficking in women and children is a very profitable business where
there are both the supply and demand sides," the report said, adding that
law enforcers, politicians, border patrols and other influential persons
are alleged to be involved in the trade.
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