Enhancing Community Capacity to Reduce Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in the Jamalpur District of Bangladesh•( 1 member ) • Shortlink
Relief International (RI) is implementing a two-year project ( 2010-2012) designed to enhance the capacity of local communities in the Jamalpur .
Bangladesh remains one of the main source and transit countries for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Exact numbers of people trafficked within, from, and through Bangladesh are unknown, but sources confirm that tens of thousands of people are trafficked across the border annually and some estimate that hundreds of thousands are trafficked internally.
RI and local partner, Dhaka Ashania Mission (DAM), addresses the problem of human trafficking for the purpose of forced labor through a prevention and rehabilitation project in the northern district of Jamalpur, aimed at enhancing the capacity of the local communities to protect vulnerable members and provide victims of trafficking with adequate services and support
One of the poorest districts in Bangladesh, Jamalpur is a primary source for internal trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor. A large percentage of its population migrates seasonally to urban areas in search of employment and is, as a result, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. The project aims to raise awareness of migrant rights under the law, the risks and warning signs of exploitation, where victims can turn within their communities for support, what alternatives may exist closer to home for skills training and employment, and the services and protection available through the local NGO community. The project additionally aims to provide rehabilitation services and livelihoods support to rescued victims.
RI and DAM will each manage critical activities that build on and leverage respective organizational experience and capacity.