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24 April, 2018 12:34:55 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 April, 2018 10:04:06 AM
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Risks of trafficking, violence, exploitation increasing

ROHINGYA CRISIS
HUMAYUN KABIR BHUIYAN
Risks of trafficking, violence, exploitation increasing

Risks faced by hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas living in settlements in Cox’s Bazar in relations to human trafficking, exploitation and gender-based violence (GBV) are increasing with time and different constraints are hindering the efforts to address these problems, according to officials of the government and different international organisations including United Nations organs. Due to different constraints including funding and government policies, efforts to address the problems are being obstructed, they said, adding that things are feared to get worse in the upcoming monsoon season as some of the facilities providing protection services to the persecuted people might be affected.

Women, girls and children are more exposed to the risks of human trafficking, exploitation and GBV than others, said the officials.

Due to the ‘disorganised’ situation in the settlements, it is very difficult to get precise number of people who became victims of these crimes, said the officials.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN migration agency, seven victims of human trafficking have recently been identified.    

It also revealed that between August 27 and March 25, a total of 6,097 GBV incidents were reported which include, but are not limited to sexual violence.

Officials said that the actual number is much higher as not all incidents are reported and it is most likely to increase as more time passes.

Regarding exploitation, they said that naturally the most vulnerable groups are always subjected to exploitation under this type of situation.

About the constraints, the officials said that established policies of the host government constrain freedom of movement of people outside of the camps. The international organisations want the government to allow them freedom to move around, but the government is unwilling to do so.

The upcoming monsoon season is expected to increase child protection and GBV risks to Rohingyas as some of the GBV service points might be affected by the flood and landslides.

So, according to the officials of the international organisations, there is a high need to ensure the continuation of the life-saving GBV services for survivors through alternative service entry.

Areas for child protection and recreational play should be included in the site planning, with sufficient space to ensure minimum standards, they said.

There is a high need to ensure the continuation of the life-saving child protection services for children at risk including unaccompanied and separated children through alternative service entry points and mobile service delivery approach, they added.

Rapid scaling up of protection services in the new extension sites and technical support to ensure the quality of protection services for children and adolescents, including the services provided in women friendly spaces and child friendly spaces, is essential, said the officials.

 “Yes, we are aware of the issues you mentioned. We also know things are not ideal in the settlements and we are trying our best to keep things under control,” said a top official of the Cox’s Bazar district administration.

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