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Project: Training on Human Trafficking for Law Enforcing Officials and Public Prosecutors

On going project : 26 Jun, 2019

This project was implemented during October 2014-August 2015 with the support of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Dhaka. The main aim of these trainings to law enforcing officials and pubic prosecutors was for them to acquire knowledge on anti-human trafficking laws and the National Plan of Action for Combating Human Trafficking 2012-2014 and to enhance their capacity in investigation and prosecution of cases against human trafficking in line with the newly enacted comprehensive law on human trafficking 2012 in Bangladesh. The trainings were planned to be organized at the peripheral level which are division and district levels in consultation with the concerned government agencies using the prepared training toolkit. In Bangladesh the key beneficiaries of the project were the law enforcement officials namely police, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coast Guard and Public Prosecutors. Fourteen batches of Two-day Training on Anti-Human Trafficking for the Law Enforcing Officials namely Police, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coast Guard and Public Prosecutors were successfully organized and conducted by CWCS in 14 districts namely Barisal, Patuakhali, Jashore, Satkhira, Khulna, Jhenaidah, Rajshahi, Chapai Nawabganj, Joypurhat, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Panchagarh districts during December 2014- August 2015.   

A total number of 412 participants attended these 14 training courses that included 247 police officials, 81 BGB officials, 8 Bangladesh Coast Guard officials and 76 Public Prosecutors. The level of participants of law enforcing officials were Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Sub-Inspectors of Police, Inspectors of Police and same level from Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Participants provided the following recommendations:

  • Allocating resources for the victim and witness so that they get protection and can continue the case;   
  • Designate one trained official responsible to deal with cases of human trafficking in all the police stations; 
  • Deploying more officials to reduce the burden of cases from the shoulder of one officer;
  • Awareness on the issue and the newly enacted law should be organized for the local government representatives and members of the community:
  • Raising Mass Awareness of people living near the bordering areas and trafficked prone areas; 
  • Orient the politicians so that they do not influence the investigation and case;
  • Generate trust among the common people about the judicial system.
  • Expedite the process of repatriation of victims/survivors so that they can produce  concrete evidence to prove the allegation against the accused
  • Regarding effective investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases, financial allocation for law enforcing officials should be increased
  • Victims/survivors, their family members and witnesses and should be provided counseling services by NGO officials to reduce their non-cooperation to law enforcing officials, public prosecutors and other duty bearers
  • Sustainable rehabilitation of survivors is needed
  • Women police officials should be deployed in every police stations
  • Employment opportunities should be created in the country to reduce illegal migration.