US contributes $10m to drive against human trafficking
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US on Monday announced a contribution of $10 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to end the exploitation of the Afghans subjected to forced labour and sex-trafficking.
Laurence Hart, IOM’s chief of mission and special envoy, called human trafficking a serious blight on Afghanistan. “We will use training and information campaigns to strengthen law enforcement regionally, and we will keep victims safe through recovery services, repatriation...”
In recent years, IOM has noted a steady increase in young females trafficked from bordering countries in Afghanistan. Many victims are children who end up in carpet-making and brick factories, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation and drug smuggling.
Under the three-year project, IOM will use a “Prevent, Protect and Partner” approach to combat the issue by preparing institutions to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and improve regional coordination.
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