News Bulletin - March 7, 2018

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : March 7, 2018      

 

Anti-trafficking measures leave sex workers vulnerable to exploitation- study

Women rescued from brothels are sometimes “forced to provide sexual services in rehabilitation homes and thus become victims of rehabilitation” “Skill development” was ineffective as skills such as sewing or making papad and pickles are economically unsustainable. 77 per cent (168 out of 218) women who were released returned to sex work. 79 per cent (193 out of 243) women said at the time of raid, they were voluntarily in sex work and did not want to be “rescued”. These are the findings of a unique study into the experiences of women who had been raided, rescued and rehabilitated as part of anti-trafficking strategies. The research comes against the backdrop of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, which was recently approved by the Cabinet.

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Couple, minor boy freed from bonded labour in Vellore

Vellore: A couple and their 12-year-old son were rescued from the clutches of bonded labour on Friday by a team of revenue officials. They had been working in a brick kiln for the last two-and-a-half years after taking an advance amount of Rs 95,000 from the kiln owner. The team of revenue officials conducted a surprise check at the kiln in Kaniyambadi upon information from International Justice Mission, an NGO. The officials rescued Venkatesan, 45, of Villari village in Arcot taluk, his wife Kasthuri, 35, and their son Sakthivel, a class IX student of a local school, from the kiln owned by Saravanan. An inquiry with the family revealed that the owner had restricted the movement of the family.

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Former NU pro-VC, dean booked for sexual harassment

Nagpur: The Ambazari police have booked former pro-vice-chancellor (Pro-VC) of Nagpur University, Gourishanker Parasher, and dean of interdisciplinary studies, Dr Rajashree Vaishnav, for sexual harassment following a complaint lodged by a 28-year-old woman on Saturday. Cops said the survivor has claimed that Vaishnav used to coerce female students to ‘gratify’ Parasher in order to score more marks in dissertations. According to the statement given to police by the complainant, mother of two girls, she pursued MEd between 2015 and 2017. The batch consisted of four boys and 15 girls. On July 2, 2016, Vaishnav was appointed head of department (HoD). Survivor was allotted Vaishnav as dissertation guide.

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Trafficking gang busted, three minor girls rescued

With the arrest of four persons, including a woman, Delhi Police Saturday claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in trafficking minor girls. Three minor girls were rescued following the arrest, police said. Police said they received a complaint Friday that a 14-year-old girl had gone missing from Geeta Colony. “After registering a case, police teams were formed to search for the girl. Within 24 hours, using human and technical intelligence, police managed to trace the girl to Palla village in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar,” a senior police officer said.

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78 child workers rescued, employers booked

The Labour Department in association with the National Child Labour Project, Krishna district unit, and some NGOs raided various places and rescued 78 child labourers in the district. Assistant Commissioner of Labour (ACL) D. Anjaneya Reddy said as per the directions of Collector B. Lakshmikantham, the special drive was conducted at Nuzvid, Vuyyuru, Gudivada, Machilipatnam, Pedana, Pamarru, Jaggaiahpet, Nandigama and other places from February 22. “Teams led by labour officers and assistant labour officers inspected Kalamkari shops, imitation jewellery shops, mechanic sheds, shops, hotels and other establishments and registered cases against the owners who employed children aged below 14,” Mr. Reddy said.

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New initiative by Railway Police to prevent child trafficking

As many as 250 people engaged in various works in and around Coimbatore Railway Station will become volunteers of ‘Udhayam’, an initiative by the Tamil Nadu Railway Police to prevent child trafficking and to save stranded children. Georgy George, Superintendent of Police (GRP), will launch the project at Coimbatore Railway Station on Thursday morning and hand over identification cards to the volunteers, said M. Lawrence, Inspector of police (Railway), Coimbatore Railway Police Station. Under the initiative, porters, vendors, and taxi/autorickshaw drivers will become volunteers of ‘Udhayam’ and alert the police on child trafficking, stranded children and offences against children.

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March-end deadline set to rid district of child labour

Vijayawada: Having set a deadline to rid the district of child labour by end of March, the Krishna district labour department has, under a special drive from February 23, identified 78 minors working in various establishments. The owners of these establishments have been sent notices to attend a special court on March 8. Cases have been booked under AP Shops and Establishments Act - 1988, Child Labour Prohibition Act - 1986, and the Minimum Wages Act - 1948. Last year, the district administration had started a similar drive with a deadline of ending child labour by November. However, various issues saw the campaign not fulfilling its target.

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