Human rights activists at a post-rally discussion in Rangpur have stressed strengthening community networking to create mass awareness for preventing human trafficking on the way to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports BSS.
“With preventing human trafficking, cross-border coordination and cooperation should be enhanced to rescue trafficking victims,” they said.
Voluntary organisation ‘Nari Moitri’ organised the event on Monday under Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN) project to observe the World Day against Trafficking in Persons-2018.
Robertsonganj High School and College extended assistance in arranging the post-rally discussion at its auditorium in the city.
Earlier, over 1,000 people, including officials and executives of different human rights organisations, journalists, teachers, students and civil society members, participated in the rally that paraded the city streets.
Panel Mayor of Rangpur Mahmudur Rahman Titu inaugurated the programme by releasing balloons and addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Principal of Robertsonganj High School and College Zakir Hossain in the chair.
City Councilor for Ward No-26 Saiful Islam Fulu, human rights activists including Vice-president of Rangpur Ainjibi Samity Advocate Abdul Jalil,Monjushree Saha, Advocate Golam Mowla, addressed.
Project Coordinator of PCTSCN Momenul Haque Momen delivered welcome speech highlighting goals and objectives of observance
of the day putting stress on urgent need to step up measures to prevent trafficking of children and young people.
He said “Protecting the most vulnerable people has become ever more important,” adding that the peril of human trafficking are compounded further when children and young people are on move, often separated from families and human traffickers are misusing Internet and newer technologies to exploit and abuse young people.
Advocate Jalil called for strengthening anti-trafficking responses to prevent trafficking, abuse and exploitation of children and young people to uphold their human rights.
The chief guest stressed creating adequate social awareness through community networking and adopting effective means to protect children and young people from being
trafficked.