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New UN.GIFT report calls for improving labour standards in South Asia


Report - Responses to Human TraffickingA report issued by The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) calls for improving labour standards, and for the reinforcement of cooperation mechanisms in South Asia, in order to strengthen the legal response to human trafficking in the region. The new report focuses on  anti-human trafficking law and it was commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia under UN.GIFT.



The publication entitled "Responses to Human Trafficking in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka" looks at the law and policy of these countries in the context of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, specially women and children.


Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have taken necessary steps to combat human trafficking. But in the midst of a variety of responses, there was a need to look closely at country specific laws to better understand the challenges posed by the problem of trafficking in persons in this particular region.


This legal and policy review takes a close look at the national frameworks of these four countries to indentify gaps with regards to the provision of the Protocol. The report issues specific recommendations for each country while identifying key gaps in prosecution, protection and prevention. It also offers recommendations to tackle the problem of cross border trafficking in the region.


Key recommendations for the region:

- Improve ratification status of major conventions for a more uniform system of anti-trafficking frameworks to tackle internal and cross-border trafficking
- Incorporate clear definitions of trafficking, organized crime and who is a children into existing domestic laws
- Improve labour standard to prevent demand for cheap illegal labour and trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation
- Strengthen cooperation mechanisms at domestic levels as well as cross border levels
- Audit existing anti-trafficking mechanisms to ensure that those working against trafficking are aware of their responsibilities, are sensitized to the problem and trained to carry out the work effectively.


The full report is now available on the Resource Centre of the UN.GIFT.HUB.