NSLSA: State-wide campaign against human trafficking

DIMAPUR, JUL 29 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/29/2018 11:54:14 PM IST

 State-wide campaign “Fight Against Human Trafficking” was carried out by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) in more than 100 churches across Nagaland on Sunday in association with Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Nagaland Christian Revival Church and Catholic and Pentecostal church bodies.

The State-wide campaign was in line with National Legal Services Authority’s (NALSA) Victim Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Scheme, 2015.
Altogether 108 panel lawyers and para-legal volunteers of NSLSA and 11 district legal services authorities and three social workers spoke on the legal provisions for trafficking.
Resource persons on the occasion pointed out that 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported from the country in 2016, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records. West Bengal with 3,579 reported the highest number of human trafficking cases and accounted for nearly 44% of all cases across the country. However, as per NCRB, there was no case of trafficking reported from Nagaland in 2016.
As per legal provisions, anyone convicted of trafficking one person will get imprisonment for a minimum of seven years, which might go up to 10 years, along with a fine. For trafficking of more than one person, the punishment is a minimum 10 years of jail term, which may go up to life imprisonment, and a fine.
For trafficking one minor, the punishment is minimum 10 years of jail, which may go up to life term, and a fine. And for trafficking more than one minor, the punishment is minimum 14 years of jail, extendable to life imprisonment, and a fine. And if a public servant or police officer is found involved in trafficking, the punishment is life imprisonment (rest of natural life) and fine.
The objective of NALSA’s Victim Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Scheme, 2015 is to provide legal services to victims of trafficking at every stage – prevention, rescue and rehabilitation, applicable to transgender persons as well.
The trafficked women or children can be rehabilitated through accessing ICDS (childcare development), food security, ration cards, educational schemes (midday meal, scholarships, residential schools under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, etc), livelihood, skill development, housing subsidy etc, while the vulnerable can be mapped for trafficking and conduct awareness programmes
The NALSA scheme underlines organising meetings between Sate legal services and district legal services authorities with sex worker to understand their issues, conduct public hearings on problems faced by sex workers/victims with police, lawyers and LSA officials as jury. 
LSA team can advise on legal action that can be taken by the victims, engage with integrated child protection scheme and village level child protection committees (VLCPC), teachers, Anganwadi workers and Asha workers. To focus on children, missing children, PLVS from VLCPC and Anganwadis particularly focusing on trafficking problem should be given effective mentors and full support in dealing with such cases.
NSLSA claimed that more than 40,000 people benefitted from the State-wide campaign. 
Pamphlets on the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 were also distributed on the occasion.


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