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SCAC holds stakeholder consultation meeting on Human Trafficking in Bhutan

Posted on :28 March 2019

In order to better understand the human trafficking situation in Bhutan, the Social and Culture Affairs Committee (SCAC) held a stakeholder consultative meeting with relevant agencies, CSOs and International Organizations in the National Council conference hall, today.

The meeting commenced with a presentation from the Department of Law and Order (DLO). As the lead agency dealing with Trafficking in Person (TIP) situation in Bhutan since 2017, they shared the initiatives they have taken in response to combat trafficking including the development of a draft Standard Operating Procedure booklet on TIP, as well as their future plans and programmes to counter this.

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) presented the data recorded on trafficking from 2007 till date on the detection of victims and conviction of perpetrators. Officially, 12 cases have been persecuted under human trafficking.

The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) also presented some of the rehabilitation and reintegration services they have provided to the victims.

The lack of awareness in Bhutan by important key stakeholders and general public on TIP in Bhutan was also highlighted in all the presentations.

Discussions on the vulnerability of entertainment sector workers like Drayang employees and people looking for opportunities to work overseas; legislative challenges, data sharing among agencies through the Central Management Information System as well as the other forms of human trafficking were highlighted during the discussions.

The officials from the Department of Law and Order, NCWC, RBP, Department of Immigration, UNODC, UNICEF and RENEW attended the meeting.

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