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UPDATED: 09:50, June 20, 2006
Pakistani minister for community involvement in eliminating human trafficking
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Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao on Monday stressed the need for involvement of the whole community in the efforts to eliminate human trafficking, the state-run APP news agency reported.

Communities can complement the efforts of the law enforcement agencies in prevention of human trafficking, prosecution of offenders and protection of the victims, Sherpao said, while addressing a meeting here, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

"Deportation, expulsion and illegal entry is something we do not want Pakistanis to be associated with," the interior minister was quoted as saying.

The Pakistani government wants to make the people in every nook and corner of the country aware of the channels available for regular and honorable migration, he said.

"We believe that most effective way of eliminating human trafficking is by empowering people at risk," he said, adding that "empowerment of people is possible through education, employment and provision of security," according to APP.

Source: Xinhua

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