Karachi: 190 cases of trafficking already reported in 2012
KARACHI:“Cases of human trafficking are seeing a sharp rise in Pakistan, a phenomenon that is of immense misery for common people, especially women and children. Dozens of inmates are languishing in a number of jails in Sindh, even though they have completed their terms. A through sensitisation and capacity building of government machinery, with special emphasis on law enforcement agencies and the judiciary, is direly needed to meet this challenge.”
This was stated by noted human rights lawyer and founder of Madadgaar Helpline Zia Ahmed Awan, while addressing a press conference on human trafficking and smuggling in Pakistan here on Tuesday.
Referring to a report of the Madagar Database, Awan said that in the last three months 112 men, 33 women and 45 children had fallen victim to human trafficking in Pakistan. Awan also said that in 2011 there had been a total of 105 men, 90 women and 93 children that had been smuggled.
Recently, a Madadgar fact-finding team visited Central Jail Karachi, Malir jail, the women’s jail and the juvenile jail, during which the team found that about 43 convicts of human smuggling and trafficking were rotting in jail despite having served their terms. 23 of them were found in Karachi Central Jail, 14 in Malir Jail, one in Women’s jail and five in the Juvenile Jail and Remand Home. Quoting one of these cases, Awan mentioned Shuhabuddin, son of Shabbir–ur–Rahman, an illegal migrant from Bangladesh who was arrested from the Water Pump Area of Karachi on June 10, 2006. Shuahbuddin claims that he was born in Orangi Town.