Female Child Trafficking from Bangladesh: A New Form of Slavery

N. M. Sajjadul Hoque


Slavery was a dominant phenomenon of antiquity. Gradually it has declined in the modern world. The blessings of modern moral attitudes and virtues were instrumental for these structural changes. Recently, child trafficking, especially female child trafficking has become a painful reality in Bangladesh. This child trafficking has been occurring internally and also across the border to India, Pakistan, Malaysia and many Middle Eastern countries. The rate of growth of this trafficking has been increasing alarmingly in this country. Every year several hundred (under the age of eighteen) children are being trafficked abroad. These trafficked children are adapting to a new life style which is different from the life style had they lived in their normal (life style which they supposed to follow before trafficking) situation. A new personality is emerging because of their forced adaptation with the situation they live in. As a result a new culture (culture of trafficked child) emerges in their environment. In this paper, the author argues that this emergent culture of trafficked child is the new form of slave culture of the antiquity.
Key words: Female Child; Trafficking; Slavery; Culture of Trafficked Child

Résumé: L'esclavage est un phénomène dominant de l'antiquité. Peu à peu, il a décliné dans le monde moderne. Les bénédictions d'attitudes morales et des vertus modernes ont contribué à ces changements structurels. Récemment, le trafic des enfants, en particulier le trafic des petites filles est devenue une réalité douloureuse au Bangladesh. Ce trafic d'enfants est survenu à l'intérieur du pays et également à travers la frontière vers l'Inde, le Pakistan, la Malaisie et de nombreux pays du Moyen-Orient. Le taux de croissance de ce trafic a augmenté de façon alarmante dans ce pays. Chaque année, plusieurs centaines (de moins de dix-huit ans) d’enfants sont trafiqués vers l'étranger. Ces enfants sont obligés de s'adapter à un nouveau style de vie qui est différent de celui qu’ils avaient vécu dans leur situation normale ( le style de vie qu’ils sont censés de suivre avant la traite). Une nouvelle personnalité se dessine du fait de leur adaptation forcée à la situation dans laquelle ils vivent actuellement. Par conséquent, une nouvelle culture (culture des enfants trafiqués) apparaît dans leur environnement. Dans cet article, l'auteur fait valoir que cette culture émergente des enfants trafiqués est la nouvelle forme de culture des esclaves de l'antiquité.
Mots-Clés: petite fille; trafic; esclavage; culture des enfants trafiqués

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720100601.007


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