Sunday, December 9, 2012
Internal Trafficking Of People Is Not Recognize By State
21-year old Zeenab from Malir's Khokhranpar locality Karachi is among the hundereds of women kidnapped from one part of Pakistan and are forced into prostitution in other part of the country. Since the state does not recognize the trafficking-smuggling of the people from one part of the country and their use as bonded labourers or sex workers(women), like Zeenat find it hard to get justice or find happiness in life, if they lucky enough to escape. Zeenat's misery beagan in May 2008, when she was picked from her neighborhood in North Karachi, Human Rights activists say that her mother may be involved in her case, as she had connection with Tahu, a woman involved in running trafficking network. " I saw Taju several times in my home with a man called Babul" says Zeenat. The two with three other accomplices abducted Zeenat and her five-month ordeal began when she was gang-raped and forced into prostitution. She was forced to tell a lie to her father thast she had relations with Babul and is now marrierd to him. However her father came to know that she was exploited and registered a FIR at the Ajmer Nagri Police station but the case was registerd under section 496(A) for unlawful marriage. She was sold several times and from hand to another from Islamabad to Multan. She made several attempts to escape but caught and was beaten. Atlast, she managed to flee. Tarranum Khan from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says that zeenat was lucky to be united with her family, ther are hundred others who have disappeared with out any trace. In the absence of law pertaining to interrnal smuggling the agency like FIA can not investigate or prosecute culprits and only a kidnapping case can be register. Under the Prevention and Control of Human Trafficking Ordinance 2002, FIA only deals with the human trafficking in and out of the country. Women from Pakistan's Bangali, Burmese and Saraki coomunities were the most vulnerable to traffickers, said Rana Asif, a social activist, " Not only these communities are extremely poor but Bangalis and Burmese women do not have NIC's and they are not considered Pakistani citizens so, they are easy prey for human trafickers with in the country."