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Issue 34 September 2020

Issue 34 September 2020

Human trafficking is a crime violating human rights as well as health and cross-border issue. No country is immune to human trafficking. Each year, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders. It has also become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. Bangladesh is one of the source countries as well as transit points for human trafficking. Every year thousands of people are trafficked out.

The mode and the way of trafficking changes from time to time, place to place and environment to the environment but the basic components of trafficking stay persistent. So, the core of the definitions of trafficking should be the recognition that it is not incorporated. It is different from illegal forms of migration. All illegal form of migration is not trafficking, but any kind of trafficking is illegal.

Trafficking is a vigorous concept, the parameters of which are relentlessly changing to respond to changing economic, social, and political situations. Although the purposes for which women have trafficked change and ways in which women are trafficked from one country to others also change but the fundamental components remain perpetual. At the core of any definition of trafficking must be the recognition that trafficking is never consensual. It is the non-consensual nature of trafficking that distinguishes it from other forms of migration. The lack of informed consent must not be confused with the illegality of certain forms of migration. While all trafficking is or should be, illegal, all illegal migration is not trafficking.

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