Prevention of Trafficking and the Care and Support of Trafficked Persons. The Asia Foundation and Horizons Project Population Council (2001) In recent years, millions of women and girls have been trafficked across borders and within countries. The global trafficking industry generates an estimated five to seven billion U.S. dollars each year, more than the profits generated by the arms and narcotics trades (Widgren 1994). Over the last decade, the growing trafficking problem in South Asia has been recognized. Nepal and Bangladesh have been designated as “sending” countries or countries of origin in the regional web of trafficking. India and Pakistan are usually referred to as countries of “transit” or “destination.” Girls and women are trafficked within country boundaries, to other countries within the region, and acros s regions and continents beyond South Asia.

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