Human Trafficking: Assam struggles to curve menace; Recorded 3rd highest cases in India

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However, a total of 2,189 cases of human trafficking were registered in 2021 in India as compared to 1,714 cases in the year 2020, showing an increase of 27.7%.
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Assam police held one person for human trafficking from Udalguri
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Guwahati: Human trafficking is one of the most distressing problems faced by Assam for many years.

Assam registered the third highest number of cases in 2021, reveals the data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

People are routinely trafficked illegally through the state for commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced marriage, domestic servitude, and other reasons.

In 2021, over 203 cases of human trafficking were registered as compared to 124 cases in 2020.

As many as 460 victims were trafficked from the state, while 425 victims were rescued in 2021, according to NCRB data.

On Saturday, Assam police burst a human trafficking racket in Haryana and arrested nine people including a woman.

According to the sources, arrested persons allegedly kidnapped women from Assam and sold them in other states.

The nine arrested persons have been identified as Aleka Begum, Akher Ali, Asraful Alom, Saddam Hussain, Jainur Ali, Azad Hussain, Delbar Hussain, Nur Mohammad and Anuwar Hussain.

The gang sold women of all age groups at around Rs 3 lakhs each, sources added.

Meanwhile, the police have also rescued two girls hailing from Barpeta and Mangaldoi from the gang.

In the month of July, the Assam government had signed an MoU with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to provide legal, psychological and counseling’s to the victims.

AYV Krishna, additional director general of police, CID, Assam, said that special juvenile police units are operational in all districts headed by a DSP/ASP with a child welfare officer in each police station.

“Women help desks are functional across 320 police stations, exclusive training programmes for more than 1330 police officers have been conducted by CID and a family-counseling centre has been started at CID Headquarters”, Krishna added.

Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that along with drugs and cattle trafficking, the State government would be relentless in its efforts to wipe out human trafficking from the state.

“The State government will adopt a State Policy for Rehabilitation of the children who are trafficked and rescued to secure their future,” Sarma said.

Sarma further added that “More operations will be initiated to bust the human trafficking network and deal with those persons who are involved in the crime very sternly, as part of the state government’s commitment to eliminate the ills of human trafficking in Assam.”

However, a total of 2,189 cases of human trafficking were registered in 2021 in India as compared to 1,714 cases in the year 2020, showing an increase of 27.7%.

A total of 6,533 victims have been reported to be trafficked in which 2,877 children and 3,656 adults were trafficked in the country. Apart from this, 6,213 victims have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers. A total of 5,755 persons were arrested in 2,189 cases of trafficking.

Telangana registered the highest cases with 347 and Maharashtra in second 320.

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