A parliamentary committee has received allegations of women trafficking from Bangladesh in the guise of cultural groups and tourists.The allegation came up at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment on Thursday.
The relevant ministries were instructed to take steps to prevent human trafficking.
Israfil Alam, a member of the committee, said reports of several incidents of women trafficking from Bangladesh in Malaysia, Dubai and other countries had been brought to the attention of the committee.
The committee came to know about the incidents after the women contacted local human rights organisations in those countries, he added.
“Someone gets included in cultural groups after paying Tk400,000-500,000 (as bribe) and they are then sold as sex workers. Similar incidents have happened with regard to visiting visa holders,” he said.
The related ministries were asked to inquire about the members of cultural teams going abroad, Israfil Alam said.
“The expatriates ministry has been asked to collaborate with the home ministry regarding this issue,” he said.
53,955 workers from 1983-1984 to 2014-2015, have been sent overseas by Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL). The information was shared at the meeting, said a press release of the Parliament Secretariat, according bdnews24.com. – Idrak