Indo-Bangladesh Border Easy for Traffickers -

Indo-Bangladesh Border Easy for Traffickers

  • Published on
    April 6, 2016
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
Hero Banner

The Indo-Bangladesh border makes it easy for traffickers to bring victims across, because most of it is not fenced…

This article begins with the story of a 20-year-old woman, a resident in an Indian shelter home. She says: “It was my uncle who sold me to a trafficker who brought me to India. The CID [Criminal Investigation Department] caught the trafficker and I was brought to a shelter home.” Her name is Hamida and she is from Satkhira, Bangladesh.  There were a dozen of them, all poor and brought across the border to West Bengal by traffickers with the promise of jobs. There were no jobs and the young women were sold or forced to work in a brothel.

Another young woman, Khalida, was brought over the same border, but eventually ended up in Mumbai.  she was 16-years-old when the police rescued her and sent her to a shelter in West Bengal.  She was later moved to another shelter in Kolkata.  She is waiting now to return home.

West Bengal is the hub of internal and cross-border human trafficking in India. It shares approximately 2,220 km of land border and 259 km of riverine border with Bangladesh, most of which is unfenced, making cross-border trafficking in persons, drugs, and fake currency seamless. The State serves as a source, transit point (girls are sent to Hyderabad and Bengaluru, according to a local activist), and destination for trafficking in persons.

In India, laws don’t target the traffickers nor punish them adequately.  Only a few NGOs in West Bengal work on ccross-border trafficking cases.  And there is not enough resources there to deal with these issues.  Some activists are suggesting that the transit homes work more in collaboration with the Border Security Force long the border.

To read the entire article about the Indo-Bangladesh Border, click on the link below.

View Article on The Hindu


Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Passing of CSDDD blocked – human rights in danger

What could have been a day to celebrate, has turned into a day full of disappointment. On February 28, 2024, the European Council blocked the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) after the vote had been postponed due to insufficient support, as reported by Reuters. Thirteen out of the 27 member states voted against the law or abstained from the vote, leaving the ‘qualified majority' of 15 countries short of one. A timeline of

| Wednesday February 28, 2024

Read more