Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to human trafficking.
It is estimated that there are some 600,000 victims and each year 50,000 women and girls are trafficked across the porous border with India.
Our work in Bangladesh has spanned prevention work, targeting the most vulnerable families and individuals; repatriation work; the training of frontline professionals, such as the police and border forces; intensive aftercare to help victims rebuild their lives; and systemic change.
We have also laid the foundations of a pioneering legal project to see traffickers brought to justice.
This end to end approach is paying dividends. We have become a leading agency on antitrafficking work in the country, partnering among others with UNICEF to deliver programmes and working closely with the government to help shape systemic change.
This has included ensuring the outworking of the National Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking, which we helped design, and pushing forward bilateral standard operating procedures for the safe and timely repatriation of trafficking victims across the India-Bangladesh border.
Paloma is a slavery survivor who our Justice and Care team have been supporting in Bangladesh. She played a very courageous and crucial role in bringing the kingpin of a trafficking network to justice!
Paloma was contacted by her former trafficker, who offered her a sum of money to recruit two more girls for the purpose of trafficking them to India and forcing them into sexual slavery.
Bravely pretending to consider the offer, Paloma instead recorded their conversations and worked with the police to facilitate his arrest. She then positively identified the trafficker at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office without exposing herself to the trafficker.
Paloma is helping the CID arrest another accused in her case!