Child trafficking in Bangladesh has been on the rise in recent years, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Office (TIP), Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in a programme to combat the surge in child trafficking for sex and labour.
Country manager Bangladesh
Human and child trafficking have increased during the pandemic. At the same time, the safety net, the systems for identification, referral and assistance to victims, actually deteriorated.
In Bangladesh, Counter Trafficking Committees (CTCs) are used to identify victims at the grassroots level and assist with reporting and referral to social and legal services. The COVID-19 restrictions limited the opportunities to meet and support victims face to face. At the same time, CTCs did not have the offices, computers, IT systems, or online skills to help victims online. As a result, the victims of trafficking remained unidentified and did not have access to the assistance they needed.
With this project we create awareness among girls, boys and young women about the risks of child and human trafficking in the aftermath of COVID-19. We encourage communities to report human trafficking using digital tools. The CTCs have learned how to report online. Victims are encouraged not only to make a report but also to seek support, such as psychosocial counselling.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands is developing a reporting and referral system for all cases of child trafficking, child sexual exploitation and child labour in Bangladesh.
The programme focuses on:
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