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Joint fight against menace of human trafficking

THE UNITED Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Aids Control Organisation and the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare have come together for the first time to fight human trafficking and HIV-AIDS, said TAHA (Trafficking and HIV-AIDS)State representative Richa Som.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 00:03 IST

THE UNITED Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Aids Control Organisation and the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare have come together for the first time to fight human trafficking and HIV-AIDS, said TAHA (Trafficking and HIV-AIDS)State representative Richa Som.

Som and Rishikant, members of a New Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, who met commissioner Anita Bhatnagar Jain, SSP PC Meena and SP (crime) Sripati Mishra, said henceforth, there would be a juvenile cell in the city. A culprit accused of forcing an underage to sex and child labour, would now be produced first before the juvenile cell and then the judicial magistrate.

They said the SP (crime) would be the nodal officer of the cell and he would soon ask all SHOs to trace such children who were being exploited in the city.

Giving details of the newly released survey of the NHRC , Richa Som said, “Even the Immoral Trafficking Preventive Act has apparently punished more females than males involved in this nefarious act.” She said that in 1997, in comparison to 19 males, 97 females were punished under this Act. In 1998, 5 males and 149 females were punished. The trend continued and in 2000 4 males and 156 females were convicted for the offence.”This shows that women are still a soft target to be punished while males go free. This has to stop,” said Richa.

Describing UP as the most prominent transit centre Rishikant said, “NHRC report states that there are total 70 transit spots in the State with Meerut topping the list with 24 centres, while Kanpur has 4 transit points.” He also said that minor girls from Nepal Bangladesh, West Bengal were sent from UP.