NGOs Combating the Problem of Human Trafficking in South Asian Countries: A Review of Legal and Administrative Measures with Special Reference to India

  • Nirmal Kanti ChakrabartiEmail author
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Human trafficking is a discernible problem in the world today, and countries that are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are not an exception. Asian countries in general and SAARC countries in particular are regarded as countries of origin as well as transit countries of trafficking of women and children. In this chapter an evaluative study has been carried out to describe what standards and roles are played by NGOs in SAARC countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Afghanistan. In analyzing the role of NGOs, the writer has also paid particular attention to administrative and legislative measures undertaken by the NGOs in a wider number of countries within SAARC. However, more detailed discussions and descriptions have been made about NGOs working in India. Many human rights organizations are also working to combat human trafficking. It is also revealed that NGOs committed to preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children mainly working in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh have formed a network, namely, Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC). Their work will be highlighted as good practice example.


Human trafficking Human rights Access to justice Protection Rehabilitation Legal awareness 


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  1. 1.School of LawKIIT Deemed to be UniversityBhubaneswarIndia

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