Anti-human trafficking campaign launched

Campaign kicks off with session for rickshaw drivers on human smuggling


DNA August 13, 2022
Human trafficking can be found in any country, and its victims can be nearly anyone, experts say. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

RAWALPINDI:

The Sustainable Social Development Organisation (SSDO) has launched a ‘rickshaw campaign’ in Rawalpindi to spread the message about curbing the issue of human trafficking.

The designed banners were placed at the back of the rickshaws so that the message could reach the maximum number of people.

The rickshaw campaign in Rawalpindi kicked off with a briefing session for rickshaw drivers in which they were given information about the issue of human trafficking and potential victims of the menace.

They were also briefed about their surroundings and noticing unusual or suspicious activity such as passengers taking a ride with them who may appear to be suspicious or forcefully taking someone along with them to an unusual destination.

Organisers said that rickshaws are easily accessible even to the remotest of areas and the doors provide privacy to passengers. Therefore, most of the time such activities go unnoticed.

The banner highlighted the helpline “0333-1110566” launched by SSDO to serve as the main point of contact for victims of human trafficking and bonded labour. This is a step further toward combating the issue at the country level, as well as a source of information for all stakeholders, including the general public.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2022.

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