Pakistan, India fail to meet criteria for checking human smuggling: report

WASHINGTON: In its Trafficking in Persons Report fir the year 2024, the US State Department has said that both Pakistan and India do not meet the minimum criteria to check human smuggling.

The report said that at least 4.5 million people in Pakistan are entangled in bonded labor. Compared to the last report, Pakistan made strenuous efforts to check human smuggling by strengthening the prosecution and punishing those involved in human trafficking, said the report.

The report puts both India and Pakistan in same category as regard to human smuggling.

Around the globe, an estimated 27 million people are exploited for labor, services, and commercial sex. Through force, fraud, and coercion, they are made to toil in fields and factories, in restaurants and residences. Traffickers prey on some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable individuals – profiting from their plight.

The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report provides the world’s most comprehensive assessment of this abhorrent practice, as well as efforts by governments and stakeholders around the globe to combat it.

By measuring progress in 188 countries – including the United States – we are advancing President Biden’s commitment to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect survivors.

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