United Nations (Agencies): Desperate Rohingya families living in camps in Bangladesh are selling girls into forced labour to raise money, the United Nations’ migration agency said.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said it had identified 99 cases of human trafficking since September last year. It cautioned that the actual number was likely to be far greater.
“The stories we commonly hear are of vulnerable people being approached by traffickers with false promises of work and a better life,” IOM spokeswoman Dina Parmer said.
“Others may be aware it is dangerous, but feel their situation is so desperate that they are willing to take extreme measures, perhaps sacrificing one family member for the sake of the others,” she said in a statement.
A Bangladeshi charity, Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), has started a campaign to raise awareness among refugees about the dangers of trafficking.
“More than 1,000 have been identified as victims of human trafficking,” said Jishu Barua of the YPSA.