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Project: Creative educational solutions to crime prevention and criminal practice of trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation

On going project : 26 Jun, 2019

The project was initiated with financial support of the Education for Justice project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, Austria from March-August 2018. The project aimed at developing an interactive playing card game with messages on organized crime such as trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation for students of 13-18 years age group. The project is located in urban Dhaka and rural Satkhira district of Bangladesh. About 15 Interviews with students and teachers were conducted in 10 schools of urban Dhaka and 5 schools of rural Satkhira to develop Verifiable Baseline Indicators. Fifteen Consultation Meetings were organized in all the 15 selected schools. About twenty students (both boys and girls) of 13-18 years age group, 5 teachers and 5 parents of each school attended and provided their suggestions regarding content, text, design, colour and illustrations to be used in the playing cards on trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation as well as developing the modality of the game.  

About 20 playing cards were developed for the card game on trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation. The finalized card game was conducted at 3 schools of urban Dhaka and one school of rural Satkhira district. About 226 students both girls and boys played the final game. Given below are suggestions provided by students/youths of 4 schools who participated in the card games:  

Suggestions given by youths to prevent trafficking in persons:  

  • Parents need to be more careful and must not leave their children with servants. Rather, they should keep the children with family members or relatives while going to work.
  • Children should not be allowed to go out alone. 
  • Children should not take anything from strangers.
  • We should think twice before accepting the various allurements of strangers and traffickers. 
  • We should straight away refuse if any person proposes anything. 
  • Children and adolescents need to be more cautious to protect themselves. 
  • Awareness should be created among family members and community people.
  • Mass awareness should be created through the use of posters, leaflets, booklets etc.  
  • Youths should organize campaigns to combat trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation at school level. 
  • Community people along with the government should take appropriate steps to combat trafficking in persons.
  • Government should take steps together with community people to combat all forms of violence against women and children such as child marriage, rape, dowry which are underlying causes to trafficking.    
  • Government should take appropriate steps to increase the rate of education and employment opportunities to combat trafficking. 
  • With regard to communication network, international laws should be strictly implemented.
  • Strict provisions should be implied while travelling from one county to another.
  • People should be properly informed about the existing laws.  
  • Although there are national law on trafficking in persons but there is lack of proper implementation which should be taken seriously by the government. 
  • Criminals should be punished according to the provisions of the laws.
  • International organizations should seriously take these issues into consideration.   
  • Suggestions of youths regarding plan of action of youths in assisting, protecting or rescuing victims of organized crimes like trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation are given below:
  • Youths will prepare awareness raising materials to aware community people like posters, festoons etc. on children in different exploitative situations and ways to save these children. 
  • Youths will try to save child domestics from slavery-like situation by creating awareness among themselves as well as their guardians if any children are working as child domestics in their households to treat them in a humane way.   
  • Youths will try to aware poor and marginalized families so that they do not fall into the trap of false allurement by traffickers.
  • Youths will inform the police if they find any children being physically and mentally exploited and if possible take steps to reintegrate these children into normal life.  
  • Youths will try to stop harmful practices like child marriage if they find any such incident is taking place by the help of the helpline service to save children and punish the perpetrators.  
  • Youths will discuss with family members if they find any children being exploited so that necessary steps can be taken to rescue such children. 
  • Youths will take initiative to stop their peers and friends from speaking indecent language and will not tolerate such behaviours.
  • Youths will try to inform and warn their friends about the consequences of giving their pictures to strangers in social media.   
  • Youths will try to share with adults and teachers if they or their friends are exposed to sexual exploitation in the social media.
  • Youths will aware other adolescents that they should share their online bad experiences from groomers with parents, teachers, adults whom they trust or law enforcing agencies to protect themselves from further online exploitation.  
  • Youths will try to save children from online sexual exploitation by educating them how to use the Internet safely and productively.
  • Youths will try to cut off with friends whom they have identified or felt that they could have some connection with groomers.
  • Youths will aware and provide support to children and adolescents who are not very competent to deal with online sexual exploitation.   
  • Youths will aware their peer groups to focus more on the real and physical world so that they will be less attracted to the virtual world of social media which can help to reduce the online cybercrimes.
  • Youths will try to organize fundraising events like as concerts, fairs and cultural programmes as well as collect advisements to support the children of marginalized and poor families to reduce the risks of children being trafficked through allurements and job offers.