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Activists pushing for better human trafficking legislation in Afghanistan

Humanitarians are working for more legislation against human trafficking in Afghanistan as the incidence of the crime continue to grow, IRIN reports.

"We see it as an alarming problem because a huge number of women and children are vulnerable to trafficking in the country,” Hussain Nussrat, child rights program coordinator with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told IRIN. “The victims are exploited both inside and outside the country for forced labor, prostitution, drug selling and many more illegal activities.”

According to an AIHRC report, those who lack a proper family unit or who grew up in poverty are more susceptible to human trafficking and are typically forced into early marriages. Although women and young girls are the main targets, young males are also subject to trafficking for drugs and also for forced labor, IRIN said.

Some victims are even taken out of the country. AIHRC's report said that about 60 percent of those taken remained in Afghanistan, with about 40 percent of victims taken to Iran and Pakistan.

The U.S. Department of State’s 2011 trafficking report found that Afghanistan's government still has a lot to do in terms of protecting victims and prosecuting assailants. The report shows that little has been done to help locate victims, or to further protect victims if they do ask for help.
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