Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM EST | 6:15 –7:15 PM Kathmandu | 6:30 – 7:30 PM Dhaka
Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry globally and a leading human rights challenge that disproportionally affects women and youth. A significant problem across South Asia, typical practices of human traffickers include exploiting individuals who are seeking to migrate to neighboring countries looking for economic opportunities. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that over 150,000 people are trafficked annually in South Asia—women and girls make up 44% and 21%, respectively, of trafficking victims. Forced labor, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage are recorded as the most common forms of trafficking in the region.
Organized by the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL) and South Asia Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SAR SSI) with the support of the South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program (SARTFP), this roundtable discussion will provide space for experts to share vital information. This will include evidence on how regional integration (such as transport corridors) can exacerbate risk factors for human trafficking, best-practice legislation and policy to promote safe migration, and effective examples of anti-human trafficking interventions. The event will explore how regional integration can be used as a tool for preventing (rather than aggravating) risk factors for human trafficking across South Asia.