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Project: State of Trafficking in Women and Children and their Sexual Exploitation in Bangladesh

On going project : 23 Jun, 2019


The action research project entitled ‘State of Trafficking in Women and Children and their Sexual Exploitation in Bangladesh’ was initiated in March 2007 for 18 months with the financial assistance of the ANESVAD Foundation. The main goal is to undertake a research study to explore the existing state of trafficking in women and children and their experience of sexual exploitation and violence in 38 districts of the 6 divisions in Bangladesh as well as in Kolkata, India using both qualitative and quantitative approach.


Specific objectives were to explore:

  • Nature, magnitude and trends of trafficking in women and children and their sexual exploitation.
  • Determining factors, modes of procurement and consequences of trafficking.
  • Social and health impact of trafficking, especially HIV/AIDS and social stigmatization.
  • Various stakeholders in the trafficking chain.
  • Main trafficking routes, mainly land routes.
  • Legal framework and its implications.    
  • Changes brought about due to interventions of Government and NGOs. 
  • Needs of women and children in post trafficking situation such as social integration, rehabilitation, repatriation, etc. 
  • An advocacy tool and policy recommendations based on the needs of women and children who have been trafficked and sexually exploited.


Activities that have been completed:

  • 607 trafficked victim families were interviewed from 38 districts.
  • 173 FGDs were conducted with family members, guardians, law enforcing agencies, government officials, NGO workers, manpower agencies, agents, pimps, traffickers.
  • 400 sex workers were interviewed from 11 brothels throughout Bangladesh.
  • 20 floating sex workers were interviewed from Dhaka city.
  • 43 case studies of trafficked victims were collected from various shelter homes in Bangladesh.
  • 17 case studies of trafficked victims were collected from shelter home in Kolkata.
  • Paper clippings of missing, kidnapped and trafficked children and trafficked women from January 2000 to December 2007 have been compiled to assess the media coverage on the issues.