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Refugees in Bangladesh Face Traffickers

Michelle Murillo, Francis Bok Human Trafficking Awareness Fellow

October 18, 2018

The United Nations’ migration agency reported Rohingya families in Bangladesh are selling the refugee girls into forced labor to raise money for themselves (Reuters). Given the regulations refugees face in camps, barring their departure or work, they are left prey to traffickers. Families desperate to earn money, send or sell their daughters to work in dangerous environments or be sexually exploited. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that women and young girls account for two-thirds of the victims receiving support and another 10 percent were sexually exploited (FE).

Despite caution and awareness campaigns by the Bangladeshi charity Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Rohingya refugee families are in need of stability and are willing to take extreme measures. Due to the long-term discrimination the Rohingya faced in Myanmar, they are extremely susceptible to traffickers offering lucrative work or transportation off the settlements (RW). With nearly one million refugees now living in Cox’s Bazar, aid is unsubstantial and everyday needs go unmet (Reuters). The IOM and YPSA have partnered to creatively communicate the dangers of trafficking, but present conditions will persist without support resources for the refugees.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-refugees-trafficking/u-n-says-rohingya-refugee-girls-sold-into-forced-labor-in-bangladesh-idUSKCN1MR15Z

https://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/young-rohingya-girls-largest-group-of-trafficking-victims-says-un-agency/1352312/

https://reliefweb.int/report/bangladesh/girls-sold-forced-labour-largest-group-trafficking-victims-identified-iom


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