Imphal, February 4, 2019
As many as 183 people, including 32 men and 151 women, have been rescued in an ongoing crackdown on an international human trafficking racket in Manipur.
As per a report filed by the NDTV, on February 1st, 2019, around five women and 15 men were rescued and a suspected trafficker was arrested in Moreh, located on the India-Myanmar border in the Tengnoupal district.
The operations were conducted based on inputs by some NGOs. According to the NGOs and police, the girls, who aged between 20-35 years of age, were going to be trafficked to different cities in South Asia and the Middle East.
The trafficking racket first came to light when Bishwoi Khadka, the chairperson of NGO Maiti Nepal, alerted the Impulse NGO Network in Shillong, Meghalaya regarding the issue. Later, Manipur’s L Pishak Singh of Network Lifeline Foundation also pitched in the operation along with Manipur police.
In the second operation, over 80 men and women were rescued from various hotels in the region on February 1st, 2019. Twenty more were taken into custody on February 2nd, 2019.