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Punjab University organizes seminar on human trafficking, bonded labourTAZAA News

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Human trafficking is a serious crime that should be emphasized at all levels for the awareness of citizens, especially young people. This was said at a seminar organized by the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) in collaboration with the Pakistan-US Alumni Network. The main purpose of this seminar was to reflect the issue of human trafficking in Pakistan and to inform students and teachers about it.

Speaking on this occasion about human trafficking and labor related to Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Rubina Zakar said: “When we talk about bonded labor, the question arises, what kind of bonded labor is it?” It’s like modern day slavery. In Pakistan, 1,200,000 people are engaged in forced labor and are often subjected to human trafficking. This indicates the magnitude of the problem, he added.

Prof. Dr. Farhan Navid Yusuf, the organizer of the seminar, said that people are recruited and transported as part of the trafficking process, after which they are sold or forced into various forms of slavery, including forced prostitution and forced marriage.

“Human rights and basic dignity are seriously violated through human trafficking. He added that the most vulnerable were affected, especially women, children and illiterate people.

SSDO Executive Director Syed Kausar Abbas said, “Pakistan’s youth are the most vulnerable targets of human trafficking due to the ever-increasing unemployment, desperation and instability in the country.” While lawyer Haaris Ramzan, a renowned lawyer, spoke about the laws that deal with human trafficking in Pakistan. He said that although there are many laws on trafficking in Pakistan, the main concern is the implementation of these laws.

Shahzad Amir, chairman of the Punjab Charity Commission and the central person on human trafficking, Punjab government, said that the government is committed to curbing this crime and his team is working hard to do so. He said Pakistan improved its human trafficking rating last year and was removed from the US watch list.

Journalist M. Salman Abid emphasized the role of media in preventing human trafficking in Pakistan and informing people about it. While prominent activist Syeda Ghulam Fatima said, “Pakistan is our home and we must do our part to eradicate human trafficking individually and not just rely on government agencies.”

The main guest of the seminar is prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakaria Zakar, Vice-Chancellor, Poonch University, AJK, emphasized that academicians should conduct research on various aspects of human trafficking to better understand the phenomenon, which could help in developing evidence-based interventions to effectively combat this scourge in Pakistan.

More than 100 students and teachers of the institute participated in the seminar.


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