Burma Times Desk Report: July 04, 2015
In a renewed pledge to combat human trafficking, the government of Bangladesh has confirmed the formation of seven special tribunals in the seven divisional cities of the country.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq informed the parliament this week that a total 2,035 cases have been filed under the human trafficking deterrence and suppression law since June 22.
After Burma, Bangladesh is regarded as the main source country of human trafficking in this region. Human traffickers have been using Bangladesh as a base for trafficking Rohingya refugees into South East Asia for more than a decade. In recent years, many poor Bangladeshis were duped by traffickers in undertaking the risky journey to Malaysia.
Unlike Thailand and Malaysia who have prosecuted politicians and police officers over human trafficking, Bangladesh has yet to make any high profile arrests. There is evidence that many influential politicians and police officers are involved in human trafficking.
Entire communities in the coastal area bordering Burma are involved in the trafficking business.
Bangladesh has also long been a source country for people trafficked across the Indian border and beyond.