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Seminar on human trafficking ends
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Oct 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Oct. 2009 1:37 AM IST
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The two-day capacity building for journalists on understanding the issue of human trafficking concluded here at Hotel Saramati with a consensus among the media to create greater awareness on the issue of trafficking, working in close coordination with law enforcement and NGOs involved in tackling the issue and keeping the identities of victims under 18 years anonymous and also to refrain from filing reports on a case under trial in the court. The highlights of the concluding day included talk on human trafficking by DIG (Range Dimapur) L.Singsit IPs and Impulse Coordinator Hasina Kharbhih including project director CEC Subo Longkumer. DIG Mr Singsit, who brought out the 2006 ‘Handbook on trafficking in people’ for law enforcement now used at police training, academies, stations across the country, said a proactive approach was needed to tackle trafficking, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. He said organizations from other big cities come to the north east looking for orphans when they have many destitute in their own states. He also spoke of hiccups in tackling the menace as police alone cannot do the work unless NGOs and civil societies extend cooperation. He made a special appeal to the media fraternity to write stories which would impact readers and create wider public awareness about human trafficking. The media can act as a bridge between the state and people and urged upon journalists to enlighten people against tampering with evidence in crime scenes. On trafficking, he said that it is no respector of persons and that sometimes, there was more to it than meets the eye. He cited a case where one ‘Doctor’ of theology and involved with one Christian ministry was arrested for taking 29 children to Hyderabad on the promise of providing free education etc. He said anyone committing offence is liable no matter whether the person is respected in society or holds some position. Impulse Coordinator Hasina Kharbhih said human trafficking was a profitable business after arms and drug trafficking. She said human trafficking generates an annual turnover of Rs. 217 billion involving some 2.5 million victims throughout the world. Hasina also said the Nagaland has only juvenile home and that many children were kept in kept sub jails and treated inhumanely. She stressed on the need for establishing more juvenile homes. She also said traffickers should be booked under multiple acts including the Including the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA) to prevent bail and for more local organizations to take up the cause and bring justice to the trafficked. The two-day seminar was spearheaded by Impulse NGO network, Shillong in partnership with Community Education Centre (CEC) society, supported by UNIFEM along with media partner Nagaland Post at Hotel Saramati. Some thirty journalists from the local newspapers, news magazines and periodicals also participated.

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