KABUL: The U.S. government has said Afghanistan is among the worst countries in human trafficking where millions of people are exploited every year by trafficking mobs.
The Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has however rebuked the report as propaganda, saying Afghanistan doesn’t face such grave humanitarian crisis.
The U.S. State Department in its annual report on the situation of human trafficking said Afghanistan and 10 other countries have a policy of human trafficking in the form of government programmes, forced labor, sexual slavery in government camps and recruiting child soldiers.
Along with Afghanistan, the other ten countries are Iran, Turkmenistan, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, China, South Sudan, Burma, Eretria and Russia. Moreover, Afghanistan is among the list of countries in which armed groups have been supported.
In a message posted on the State Department’s website, the US Secretary of States Antony Blinken said on Thursday that millions of people are exploited within and outside borders every year.
This year’s report on human trafficking is a comprehensive overview of the human trafficking situation around the world, according to Blinken.
Furthermore, Afghan nationals are considered to be the most vulnerable people exploited by human trafficking groups in Afghanistan and overseas due to the late regime change, prolonged political instability, and economic and security issues.