Dhaka urges developed nations to transfer anti-human trafficking technology
DOT Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said developed countries and the international partners need to ensure smooth transfer of the latest technological innovations to developing countries to effectively combat human trafficking in person.
He said human traffickers equipped with technology can do greater harm but the government agencies and relevant stakeholders can undo the efforts of the trafficker effectively with the help of technology. “We need to keep in mind that human trafficking is trans-boundary crime and the traffickers may possess better technology than it is available in a particular country,” he said.
Momen was speaking at National Consultation on “Combating Human Trafficking in the Context of Use of Technology and its Abuse” at a city hotel yesterday.
To end human trafficking, Momen said they need a comprehensive view of it. “We must ask, why young men and women, in the first place, become victims of the dangerous route of trafficking. We know why.”
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said trafficking in persons is a serious human rights violation and the government has a zero-tolerance policy on this.
“We are actively taking steps to fight this horrific crime,” he said.
The fight against trafficking requires multi-stakeholder engagement.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to increase awareness around human trafficking utilizing the digital space,” he added.
The scourge of human trafficking has expanded into cyber space as a result of the expansion of technology use around the world, which in turn has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition of our daily lives to online platforms.
It is imperative that efforts to combat human trafficking are coordinated both online and offline.
The theme of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2022 is “Use and Abuse of Technology,” and focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and combat human trafficking.