There is an emerging trend of Pakistani males being trafficked into the European Union for forced labour... says Cesar at the Launch of Report
23 January 2014, Islamabad -UNODC Office in Pakistan today unveiled a research report on "Human trafficking and migrant smuggling to and from Pakistan" at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad. The report identifies trends of human trafficking and migrant smuggling to and from Pakistan, while describing the modus-operandi of the traffickers and the smugglers to circumvent border controls.
During his keynote address UNODC Representative to Pakistan Mr. Cesar Guedes stated that "there is an emerging trend of Pakistani males being trafficked into the European Union for forced labour with their travel being facilitated by criminal syndicates, through use of fraudulently obtained authentic documents.
"There has been an 18% increase in the number of general deportees to Pakistan from the previous year, added Mr. Guedes.
The report was designed to recommend specific actions that can be taken by the Government of Pakistan - and in particular the Federal Investigation Agency - to increase effective intervention against human trafficking and migrant smuggling, said Mr. Guedes.
The publication launch witnessed a large number of attendees from various government departments along with a high presence from the diplomatic community.
Director General FIA Mr. Saud Mirza, the Chief Guest of the occasion, reiterated his organisation's commitment in combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling and lauded the capacity building and collaborative efforts of UNODC in raising the expertise and resources of his organization to meet the serious challenges posed by organized crime groups.