The Justice and Peace Department of Council of Baptist Churches in North East India in collaboration with International Justice Mission, organized a one day seminar on the theme ‘Modern Day Slavery: Preventing the trafficking of our Women and Children’ on February 27 at Conference Centre, CBCNEI Mission Compound, Panbazar, Guwahati.
The purpose of the seminar was to find workable solution for networking among social organizations to effectively counteract the growing menace of trafficking of women and children in North East region
The meeting initiated by The Justice and Peace Department of Council of Baptist Churches in North East was the first of its kind, where the church, leaders and representatives of the Baptist councils, various Christian association, government officials, law makers, lawyers and NGO,s came together to discuss the seriousness of human trafficking and to bring about a structural change in the society to combat and remove the menace of human trafficking. Approximately 80 percent of Human Trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors. The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N)
In North east, some of the factors triggering human trafficking are, poverty, insurgency, the influx of illegal migrants and lack of proper legal awareness. The alarming rate at which the child in the North East Region goes missing almost every day cannot be ignored anymore. Some of the key issues of the seminar were, the involvement of various NGO’s in trafficking issues, engaging with the public justice system in the fight against trafficking, incorporating good Practice initiative to combat Human Trafficking, providing services to help victims transition into their new lives and encouraging long term success.
Overall the participants came out with a greater awareness about the importance of networking with churches, local bodies, public justice system, administration and professionals from different fields. A resolution was made to present a unified front in the stand against trafficking of woman and children.