Speakers at a national seminar on human trafficking have said that the menace of human trafficking is linked with social problems being faced by the members of the society and a comprehensive social welfare policy can help eliminate human trafficking. They were addressing a seminar organized by Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies here on Monday. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, ISCS Director Prof Dr Rubeena Zakar, Dean Faculty of Law Dr Amanullah, Director Anti-human Smuggling, FIA Islamabad Zaheer Ahmad, CHRS CEO Waqar Haider, faculty members and students participated in the seminar. Addressing the seminar, Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar urged the social scientists to come forward and play their role for elimination of social issues like human trafficking. Prof Dr Rubeena Zakar said that the issue of trafficking in persons (TIP) was connected with social problems being faced by the people. She said that human trafficking occurred in countries where there were serious human rights violations and people wanted to change their fate at any cost.

She said that TIP was linked with people’s living conditions, minimum dignity, absence of a rescue system, social safety net for marginalized sections of society and decent work environment. She said that in Pakistan, there was a huge gender gap in labor force participation. She said that an urgent action was needed to eliminate human trafficking including forced labor. She said that if we wanted to achieve sustainable development goals, we needed to eliminate human trafficking including forced labor, child labor and forced marriages from Pakistan. She said that the government needed to provide decent work opportunities to all that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration.

Zaheer Ahmed said that the issue of human trafficking was connected with all of us. He said that children were being sold and purchased for forced labor and beggary. He said that there were organized gangs which purchased children for beggary on the roads. Dr Aman Ullah said that one of the basic reasons of the wars was lack of provision of human rights. He said that peace could be established through prosperity and giving due rights to the others. Later, a question answer session was also held.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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