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Type of document: News
Geographic descriptors: Pakistan
Language: English
Source: www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2005/December/subcontinent_December435.xml§ion=subcontinent&col=
Date of publication: 12 December 2005
Long Abstract: Pakistan launches campaign to stop human trafficking (Reuters)

12 December 2005

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan took aim at people trafficking on Monday, hoping to stop its women and children being forced into prostitution, bonded labour or dangerous work as camel jockeys.

A plan to combat people trafficking was unveiled in Islamabad that seeks to integrate the efforts of governmental and non-government agencies and raise awareness about the problem.

“Pakistan has been facing the brunt of human trafficking for many years,” Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told a conference to mark the launch.

“The national action plan against human trafficking covers the broad range of functions that cannot be performed by a single entity, whether a ministry, department, joint forcing agency or NGO,” the minister said.

A major element is to raise awareness of the danger with the help of radio and television, including a television drama based on the true story of a child taken by traffickers.

“There is a general lack of awareness regarding trafficking at all levels, the victims, the family, the community, the law enforcement agencies, lawyers, prosecutors and the media,” the Interior Ministry said in its plan.

Senior Western diplomats and representatives of the UN-affiliated International Organisation for Migration attended the launch and said they were encouraged.

“I am impressed by it. I am particularly pleased to see the emphasis the government of Pakistan has placed on the victims,” US ambassador Ryan Crocker told the conference.

Canadian High Commissioner David Collins said the plan was much needed as the list of human rights violations that occur as a result of trafficking was almost endless.

“It is an unfortunate reality that human trafficking has grown enormously,” Collins said.

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