Trafficking in Children in South Asia

Child trafficking in South Asia is a well known phenomenon. In 2008 UNICEF produced a study on trafficking in children in South Asia, and Save the Children Sweden has adapted the report and produced a child friendly version. In this child friendly version of the report children and young people will learn about the different kinds of trafficking and some of the reasons for which children are trafficked, such as sexual exploitation, labour, armed conflict and forced marriage to pay/settle debts / arguments or disagreements. Boys in Bangladesh and Pakistan are being trafficked to work as camel jockeys. This illustrated child friendly report is simple, easy to read and focuses on developing children’s knowledge on different aspects of child trafficking. The report looks at the trends in trafficking in eight countries; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. South Asian countries work to combat child trafficking and this child friendly version can help facilitate children’s meaningful participation in anti-trafficking initiatives.

Published 2010-11-15