87 cases of human trafficking registered from 2017-19 in state

87 cases of human trafficking registered from 2017-19 in state
John Longkumer addressing the conference at Police Complex. (Nagaland Police)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/4/2020 12:32:36 PM IST

State DGP, T.J. Longkumer Wednesday informed that 87 cases of human trafficking had been registered across Nagaland during 2017-2019.

Informing this during the State level conference on “anti human trafficking” at Police complex, Chumoukedima, organized by the state police under the aegis of Home ministry (women safety division) Longkumer said North East was identified as one of the most vulnerable regions for human trafficking due to disparities of wealth and lack of employment and Nagaland was also identified as one of the leading points of origin.

“India is one of the most affected nations being both a destination as well as the place of origin for trafficked people. 2016 NCRB data indicates that 15,379 people were trafficked in India”, he added.

While informing that a person goes missing every fourth day in Nagaland, wherein 83% were below the age of 18 years and 13% of the missing persons in Nagaland have been reportedly trafficked, Longkumer assured that the state police had devised several mechanisms, the primary being the formation of “anti-human trafficking cells” in every district with a senior Police officer as designated head.

He stated that legal provisions of the Indian Penal Code are exercised and that, 84 cases out of 87 mentioned earlier have been registered under protection of children from sexual offences act (POCSO) Act, 2012. 

“Monitoring tools like anti-human trafficking portal are being used and social media is utilised to reach out to different sections of the society”, he said.

He cited various instances like the 2011 case where the state police had rescued seven Naga girls from Chennai, allegedly forced into immoral activities by a Korean national with the promise of giving jobs and a 2013 case where eight Naga children were rescued from Grace home and father’s children home, Jaipur who were illegally confined and forced into labour on the pretext of providing free education.

Longkumer said that although there has been a considerable decrease in the number of anti-human trafficking cases in the last two years, the threat remains potent.

DGP also stressed on the need of big data mapping of vulnerable areas, groups and communities for reference and surveillance in order to effectively prevent the trade in humans and “people smuggling”. He maintained that widespread awareness campaigns targeting those areas need to be conducted and in order for this to work, it should be the “collaborative concern for all”.

In the area of prosecution, he stated that Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) lacked resources to conduct in-depth investigation due to the trans-national and pan-national nature of the crime and added that these factors give rise to “culture of impunity” as the perpetrator is able to recruit from the same place again.

Meanwhile, Asungbe, legal-cum-probation officer, district child protection unit (DCPU), Peren delivered a presentation on “recovery, rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked victims”, under session two, T. Chubayanger, project officer, directorate of labour, Kohima highlighted on “forced labour and modern slavery” and one panel lawyer representing district legal services authority (DLSA), Dimapur spoke about “legal awareness on human trafficking and role of the courts”.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by Soyimna Aier Koza, SP human rights and social justice; while Sonia Singh, IGP human rights and social justice delivered the welcome address and Imcharenla DIG, CID/human rights and social justice delivered the vote of thanks.

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