Human trafficking

Human trafficking is major problem for Bangladesh. Given the complex, organized and clandestine nature of the crime, combined with reluctance of the victim’s family to report cases of trafficking, it is difficult to obtain accurate and reliable data and statistics on human trafficking (UNODC 2011).

In addition to the conventional perception of trafficking, which tends to be limited to the sexual exploitation of women and children, Bangladeshis are highly vulnerable to labour trafficking due to the large number of labour migrants from the country. Recognized labour trafficking offences under the Government’s legal framework include exploitation of labour at destination countries, infringement of contracts and bonded labour along with other forms of exploitation. It does not account for, among others, organ transplant and child labour. In response to all these challenges, the Government has drafted a new comprehensive law on trafficking of persons to cover these shortfalls. The law is expected to be adopted shortly, following the completion of some procedural steps.