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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : April 11, 2018      

 

NGOs raise the pitch for effective law against child trafficking

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEoC) needs distinctive focus to go into the depth of the issue and cannot be mixed up with general human trafficking, say NGO representatives leading a movement for an effective legislation. The proposed Trafficking of Persons Bill (ToP Bill) may address the lacunae in the existing legislations such as Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO), 2012, and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, that proved to be ineffective in prosecuting all those involved in sexual exploitation of children and customers, said Roop Sen of Help AP NGO.

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In a first, Bihar court sentences brothel owners to life imprisonment for trafficking children

Two brothel owners have been jailed for life for the trafficking, rape and sexual abuse of children. Prosecutor Sunil Kumar said Pancho Singh and his wife Chhaya Devi, who ran the brothel in Gaya in Bihar, were found guilty on evidence from “brave survivors” and given the maximum punishment under existing anti-trafficking laws. The court in Gaya heard testimonies from four of nine girls who were rescued from the brothel during a police raid in 2015. “In most cases, once the girls are rescued, they go home and never come back to testify,” Kumar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.

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Human trafficking greatest human tragedy, says CJI Misra

Terming human trafficking as “the greatest human tragedy”, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Saturday said that the menace was on the rise and people involved in it considered human beings as commodity. Justice Misra, addressing an ‘International Conference on Human Trafficking’ here, said the younger generation has to be the torchbearers against human trafficking.

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West Bengal initiates steps to curb growing crime against children

The West Bengal government as well as some NGOs have started taking steps to combat the upward trend in crimes against children in the state. The latest National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said that West Bengal had registered 7004 crimes against children in 2016, the 5th highest number in the country. Uttar Pradesh is on the top of the list with 15 per cent followed by Maharashtra (14 pc), Madhya Pradesh (13 pc), Delhi (8 pc) and West Bengal (6 pc). Nearly 20 crimes are committed against children every day in the state. West Bengal shows upward trend in crimes related to kidnapping, child trafficking and sexual offences against children, and these consist of over 90 per cent of crimes against children in the state. The state accounted for 7004 recorded crimes against children of which 4178 crimes were registered under kidnapping and human trafficking from neighbouring countries. Besides, 2132 crimes were booked under POCSO Act, which included rape and sexual assault, as per NCRB data.

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In Bhiwandi, four women held for ‘running prostitution racket’

Thane police arrested four Bangladeshi women from a house in Bhiwandi for allegedly running a prostitution racket. The women were living in India without passport or other permits, said the police. According to sources, the Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of the Thane Police raided their house near Hanuman Tekdi in Bhiwandi. “The accused women, all aged between 25-30 years, were staying in the house and were involved in prostitution, out of their own free will. They were not smuggled, they claim, but came on their own clandestinely,” said Ravindra Daundkar, senior inspector, Thane AHTC.

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CJI Dipak Misra calls for stepping up anti-human trafficking strategies

To be effective, anti-human trafficking strategies “must target three dimensions of…trafficking — supply, demand and systems and structures — that allow it to happen’, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said Saturday. Addressing the International Conference on ‘Human Trafficking Technological Perspectives for Solutions within South Asia’, he said, “this means taking action in countries of origin, transit and destination.” The event is organised jointly by SAARCLAW, which is an association of legal communities of SAARC nations and NGO Justice and Care.

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