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US contributes $10m to drive against human trafficking

US contributes $10m to drive against human trafficking

Mar 07, 2016 - 16:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The US on Monday announced a contribution of $10 million to the International Organisation for Migrationinfo-icon (IOM) to end the exploitation of the Afghans subjected to forced labour and sex-trafficking.

“Although slavery is considered a thing of past, it continues to exist throughout the worldinfo-icon, affecting the lives of millions of people,” USAIDinfo-icon Mission Director Herbert Smith said in a statement.

Laurence Hart, IOM’s chief of mission and special envoy, called human trafficking a serious blight on Afghanistaninfo-icon. “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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