India to sign MoU with B'desh on trafficking

India to sign MoU with B'desh on trafficking

India and Bangladesh will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on prevention of human trafficking and speeding up repatriation of victims.

The Memorandum of Understanding, which was cleared in a meeting of the Union Cabinet on Saturday, is likely to be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day Bangladesh visit from June 6.

“The Cabinet approved signing of the MoU on prevention of human trafficking, especially trafficking in women and children, and for rescue, recovery, repatriation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking,” said an official statement.

The MoU is aimed at strengthening cooperation to prevent all forms of the human trafficking, and ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of traffickers and organised crime syndicates in both countries.

It also aims to decide on preventive measures to be taken to eliminate trafficking and protect the rights of victims.

The MoU will also look at ways to expeditiously repatriate the victims. The home country will undertake their safe and effective reintegration.

A task force of India and Bangladesh was constituted to take coordinated action against people involved in human trafficking. Four meetings of the task force have been held so far.

During the fourth meeting, held in Mumbai in April last year, both sides reviewed the progress on decisions taken in the earlier meetings, held comprehensive discussions and finalised the text of the draft MoU on prevention of human trafficking.
DH News Service

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