On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) launched a network of organizations with the specific expertise to adopt approaches to help reduce TIP cases in Pakistan. SSDO is working on combatting human trafficking and bonded labor in Pakistan through capacity enhancement, strengthening coordination, and awareness raising among all stakeholders including parliamentarians, law enforcement agencies, officials of concerned government departments, judiciary and prosecution, academia, media, victim service providers and potential victim communities. Contributing more to society, SSDO is now moving toward working on reducing the rate of trafficking in persons and providing better victim protection, while developing a comprehensive cross-sectoral approach for prevention, protection, and prosecution of TIP cases along with building partnerships with specific organizations and donors working on TIP.
Speaking to the media, Syed Kausar Abbas Executive Director of SSDO said, “I take pride in contributing to society by playing a role in curbing this heinous crime of human trafficking which is also a violation of human rights. On this World Day against Trafficking in Person, we have launched a Network of organizations to collectively work on reducing TIP cases in Pakistan.
Prior to this, we also launched a helpline to support the victims and spread awareness among the masses across Pakistan. I urge everyone to join us in this cause.”
SSDO aims to provide technical support for the implementation of an improvised legal framework to reduce trafficking in persons to further increase registration, investigation, and prosecution of cases of human trafficking and develop practices of direct referrals of victims for services or rehabilitation. Recently launched helpline “0333-1110566” will serve as the main point of contact for the victims of human trafficking and bonded labor for TIP victims who will be further referred for the provision of free legal aid.
World day against trafficking in Person is commemorated on July 30 every year. SSDO also organized “Awareness Walk World Day Against Trafficking in Persons” in different cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Sukhar, and Jehlum on the World Day Against Trafficking in Person with the purpose of creating awareness on “Combatting Human Trafficking and Bonded Labor in Pakistan” and its impact on communities and the country. A large number of people belonging to different segments of society participated at the walk.