‘Human trafficking rises threefold’

0,,17209761_303,00BY KELLY KISHLAYA- PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

RANCHI: Trafficking from Jharkhand has increased threefold in the past three years, show data released by the social welfare, women and children development department that has worked on the basis of rescued persons.

As many as 441 people have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers between 2010 and October 2013. The rise in the numbers of the rescued is shocking.

While 55 people, including minors, were rescued in 2010-11, 107 were rescued in 2011-12 and 141 in 2012-13. Between April and October 2013, 137 people have been rescued.

“Number of trafficked victims can be higher as we are just giving a data of rescued people. However, it cannot be denied that the number of trafficked victims have increased over the years,” said Sanjay Mishra, head of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, an NGO that works with the department to rescue and bring back trafficked victims.

The figures also show that 36% of the people, belonging to Jharkhand and rescued from across the country, are from Gumla district.

“The second on the list is West Singhbhum with 27% followed by Jamtara with 14% of the total rescued people. The least number of people are trafficked from Sahibganj with only 0.4% people being rescued for trafficking,” said Mishra, who is also a member of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Mishra said the first draft for plan of action to deal with trafficking has already been made by the social welfare department. “The plan of action includes all details like how to conduct rescue operations, correct procedure of lodging FIRs, responsibility of various departments and shelter for rescued people,” said Mishra.

He added, “The plan of action will also help in rescuing the victims right from the transit points and the victims will be saved from being sent to other cities. This might take some time but we are all working towards making Jharkhand a trafficking free state.”

However, Rishi Kant, a member of NGO Shakti Vahini, who has been actively involved in the rescue operations says the figures provided by the state government are not correct.

He said, “The number of trafficked victims from Jharkhand is much higher than what has been represented. The government does not even have the proper figures of missing children of the state how can they give the figures of trafficking.”

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