Government officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Tuesday met to discuss the issue of human trafficking and ways to combat this problem.
The interior ministry said the number of human traffickers increased in the last two years and they have arrested over 600 traffickers so far.
According to the ministry, among those arrested were 35 women.
“We have arrested and charged 617 for human trafficking ,” said Shafiqullah Niazi, the head of the interior ministry’s human trafficking department.
The information and culture ministry meanwhile said most of the human trafficking victims have been Afghan youths.
“Spend and invest the money (you pay for traffickers) in your country and for the youth,” the culture and information ministry’s youth affairs department deputy head Kamal Sadat said.
Meanwhile, one young victim, Mansoor, is one of thousands of Afghan youths who used human traffickers to get him to Europe. He was there illegally for seven years before returning home to Afghanistan.
“The trafficker took us from here to Iran’s border. When we arrived at the border the number of people increased,” said Mansoor.
Mansoor said he paid a large amount of money to the trafficker and that these human traffickers work openly throughout Kabul city.
Statistics indicate that in the last few years over 200,000 Afghans, mostly youths, left the country for Europe – many of whom used human traffickers to get there.