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File photo: Union Home Minister Amit Shah.(ANI)

MHA asks states to set up more anti-trafficking units in wake of Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 09:13 AM IST
The AHTUs are an integrated task force to prevent and combat the menace of human trafficking. Trained representatives from the police and other departments are part of the unit which was first established in 2007.
Significant among the changes is the inclusion of massage parlours and agencies that run domestics help services under section 31 of the Bill, which lists the offences and penalties(HT File Photo)
Significant among the changes is the inclusion of massage parlours and agencies that run domestics help services under section 31 of the Bill, which lists the offences and penalties(HT File Photo)

Massage parlours, child sex abuse imagery may come under anti-trafficking bill

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 04:08 AM IST
The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in July 2018 during the last government’s tenure and then lapsed, has been amended to introduce these changes.
Cash seized during raids on the Indian-origin gang members that sent Rs 143.5 crore from the UK to Dubai over the last three years and smuggled in 17 people in 2019.(National Crime Agency)
Cash seized during raids on the Indian-origin gang members that sent Rs 143.5 crore from the UK to Dubai over the last three years and smuggled in 17 people in 2019.(National Crime Agency)
As per the CWC complaint, Bagbera police had recovered the girl from a hotel in the Jugsalai area on May 7 and handed her over to the East Singhbhum CWC.(HT Photo)
As per the CWC complaint, Bagbera police had recovered the girl from a hotel in the Jugsalai area on May 7 and handed her over to the East Singhbhum CWC.(HT Photo)

Four policemen among suspects in rape, trafficking of minor in Jamshedpur

Hindustan Times, JAMSHEDPUR | By Debashish Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 02:12 AM IST
Jamshedpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Anoop Birthare on Thursday ordered a probe into the matter, while an FIR was lodged at the Telco police station here on Wednesday night, as per his order.
Eleven Chinese were among 13 suspects remanded in custody by a Lahore court on Thursday for a probe into a transnational gang allegedly involved in forced prostitution of Pakistani girls and running an organ trade racket. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)
Eleven Chinese were among 13 suspects remanded in custody by a Lahore court on Thursday for a probe into a transnational gang allegedly involved in forced prostitution of Pakistani girls and running an organ trade racket. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)

13 suspects, including 11 Chinese remanded in custody for girls’ trafficking in Pakistan

Lahore | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 08:25 PM IST
Over 20 Chinese nationals have been arrested from various Pakistani cities for their alleged involvement in arranging fake marriages of Pakistani women and removing their organs and forcing them into prostitution.
In this file photo, Tripura police officials stand next to Rohingya Muslims after they were arrested in January.(AP)
In this file photo, Tripura police officials stand next to Rohingya Muslims after they were arrested in January.(AP)

12 more Rohingya victims of trafficking rescued in Mizoram

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 03:49 PM IST
Rohingya activists in India and Malaysia say both the desperate refugees and the traffickers are using the India-Myanmar border crossings in Manipur and Mizoram for the ”high risk” journey to Myanmar and further on to Thailand and Malaysia.
The trafficking and consumption of rare and endangered species is widespread in Vietnam as many still believe in the healing and medicinal qualities of the animals’ body parts. (Representative Photo)(AP)
The trafficking and consumption of rare and endangered species is widespread in Vietnam as many still believe in the healing and medicinal qualities of the animals’ body parts. (Representative Photo)(AP)

Six men arrested in Vietnam for killing, eating endangered monkey

Hanoi | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 12:17 PM IST
The men have been accused of violating regulations on protecting “endangered and precious animals” and they confessed to the crime, said a statement posted on Ha Tinh provincial police’s website.
The idea was first implemented in Gangolihat tehsil of Pithoragarh district, which reports more cases of human trafficking.(HT Photo)
The idea was first implemented in Gangolihat tehsil of Pithoragarh district, which reports more cases of human trafficking.(HT Photo)

Police, NGOs rope in ‘spy kids’ to curb trafficking in Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2018 12:47 PM IST
Police and NGOs are taking help of schoolchildren to curb human trafficking in the hill districts of Uttarakhand, officials said. Children form the ground intelligence units of anti-human trafficking units (AHTUs) of the police and NGOs.
Minal Patel Davis, special advisor on human trafficking to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, received the ‘Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’ in the White House last week.(City of Houston/Twitter)
Minal Patel Davis, special advisor on human trafficking to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, received the ‘Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’ in the White House last week.(City of Houston/Twitter)

Indian-American awarded at White House for combatting human trafficking

Houston | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2018 12:29 PM IST
Appointed in July 2015, Minal Patel Davis has made a local impact on human trafficking in America’s fourth largest city from a policy-level perspective and by helped in advancing systems change.
Children shouting slogans against child trafficking at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(HTFile Photo)
Children shouting slogans against child trafficking at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(HTFile Photo)

15-year-old trafficking survivor from Jharkhand dies after months of suffering

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 11:09 AM IST
According to a report filed by the Faridabad Child Welfare Committee (CWC) the girl had developed severe infections after being gang-raped multiple times. She had developed infection on her back and throat as she stabbed and regularly beaten up. The girl was also suffering from bone tuberculosis.
Telangana Congress leader Jayaprakash Reddy was arrested on September 10.(AP File Photo)
Telangana Congress leader Jayaprakash Reddy was arrested on September 10.(AP File Photo)

Ex-Congress MLA arrested on charges of human trafficking, forgery in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 08:37 PM IST
A case under various sections related to Passport Act, Immigration Act, besides on charges of Human Trafficking, forgery and cheating, among others, under IPC was registered against the Congress leader.
Packiam Mercy Cross child home in Ludhiana(HT PHOTO)
Packiam Mercy Cross child home in Ludhiana(HT PHOTO)

24 Jharkhand children rescued from Punjab; kingpin, aide held for conversion, trafficking

By Debashish Sarkar, Jamshedpur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2018 06:34 PM IST
Police have traced 20 of the 30 children missing from their homes and rescued four others and are continuing their search for the remaining 10 kids.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is committed to enhance its national knowledge network in the field of digital connectivity in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and combat the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.(AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is committed to enhance its national knowledge network in the field of digital connectivity in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and combat the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.(AP)

India committed to working with BIMSTEC members to enhance connectivity: PM Narendra Modi

Kathmandu | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:42 PM IST
The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22% of the global population, and has a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
Nirmala Devi had ‘illegal intimacy’ with both the accused and had promised to please them by ‘providing’ her own college students for sexual favours.(Reuters File Photo)
Nirmala Devi had ‘illegal intimacy’ with both the accused and had promised to please them by ‘providing’ her own college students for sexual favours.(Reuters File Photo)

Tamil Nadu professor involved in sex scandal also charged with trafficking

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 05:00 PM IST
The woman, Nirmala Devi, conspired with two other men to deceive and seduce girl students for sexual exploitation.
Aerial view of hotels at Paharganj, in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Aerial view of hotels at Paharganj, in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

39 trafficked Nepali girls rescued from Delhi hotel in Paharganj

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 03:39 PM IST
According to the DCW, the anti-trafficking operation started at 1 am and continued till 6 am on Wednesday.
Parliament House of India at Sansad Marg, Janpath Building in New Delhi.(Livemint File Photo)
Parliament House of India at Sansad Marg, Janpath Building in New Delhi.(Livemint File Photo)

Anti-trafficking bill maintains distinction between trafficking, smuggling of migrants: WCD

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 09:20 PM IST
The ministry gave the clarification to UN experts who expressed concern that the bill was not in accordance with international human rights laws.
Simranjit landed at the Amritsar airport at 1.30pm on Sunday, but Punjab Police did not hand her over her to her relatives immediately. The police questioned her for over three hours to get details of the agent who sent her to Dubai.(HT Photo)
Simranjit landed at the Amritsar airport at 1.30pm on Sunday, but Punjab Police did not hand her over her to her relatives immediately. The police questioned her for over three hours to get details of the agent who sent her to Dubai.(HT Photo)

Human trafficking: Punjab teen rescued from Dubai, returns home

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 01:34 PM IST
Sushma Swaraj terms it serious case of human trafficking, asks Capt to take action against illegal agents
(Representative photo)
(Representative photo)

Morni gangrape case: Victim’s husband held for trafficking

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Yuvraj Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 10:20 PM IST
Police say he is pimp, lodged complaint after deal with guest house owner went awry
Assuring that she would incorporate in the rules any “lacunae” that MPs have pointed out, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said the Bill is intended to go after human traffickers and not the victims.(PTI)
Assuring that she would incorporate in the rules any “lacunae” that MPs have pointed out, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said the Bill is intended to go after human traffickers and not the victims.(PTI)

Lok Sabha passes law to deal with human trafficking, sex workers not to be harassed

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 10:34 PM IST
The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a comprehensive law to deal with human trafficking, with Union minister Maneka Gandhi stating that the legislation does not intend to harass sex workers.
The police nabbed the attackers based on a video recording of the incident being circulated over the internet.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The police nabbed the attackers based on a video recording of the incident being circulated over the internet.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bidar lynch mob kills Hyderabad man, injures 2 others on suspicion of being child abductors

Bengaluru, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2018 03:56 PM IST
A resident of Handikera had circulated a photo on WhatsApp of the three men distributing chocolates to children and claimed they were child abductors.
Six suspected traffickers,who were accompanying the minors, were detained by the local police in Bokaro(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Six suspected traffickers,who were accompanying the minors, were detained by the local police in Bokaro(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

87 minor boys rescued from train, trafficking suspected

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 07:44 PM IST
The children were all in the age group of nine to 17 years, officials said, adding that all were boys.
She said travel agents in Punjab are running this racket in collusion with agents of Dubai and around two to three girls are being sent to Dubai on daily basis(HT FILE PHOTO)
She said travel agents in Punjab are running this racket in collusion with agents of Dubai and around two to three girls are being sent to Dubai on daily basis(HT FILE PHOTO)

Human trafficking: Ferozepur woman ‘sold as sex slave’ in Oman rescued

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Anil Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 08:20 PM IST
She claims that around 30 women from Punjab are trapped in prostitution racket in Oman.
In a career-defining performance, Joaquin Phoenix plays a fully realised tragic hero unhinged by the paternal abuse he suffered in his own childhood.
In a career-defining performance, Joaquin Phoenix plays a fully realised tragic hero unhinged by the paternal abuse he suffered in his own childhood.

Prepare to be slayed: Rashid Irani reviews You Were Never Really Here

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2018 05:16 PM IST
A contract killer battles his demons while trying to rescue a teen from a trafficking ring. It sounds gruesome, but this is a moving film executed with incredible restraint.
Air India on its website has said that all minors (18 years and below) will have to mandatorily carry an authorisation form.
Air India on its website has said that all minors (18 years and below) will have to mandatorily carry an authorisation form.

Flying rules tightened for minors from India heading to UAE to curb trafficking

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 01:43 PM IST
In the past, warnings have been issued about children from South Asia being trafficked for use as jockeys in the Gulf States’ camel racing industry
Main accused Jaswanti Devi (in white) leaves a Panchkula CBI court after she was convicted in the Apna Ghar sexual exploitation case on Wednesday.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)
Main accused Jaswanti Devi (in white) leaves a Panchkula CBI court after she was convicted in the Apna Ghar sexual exploitation case on Wednesday.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

Rohtak Apna Ghar case: Court testimony of victims reveals house of horror

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Vivek Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 11:26 AM IST
Inmates of Apna Ghar, an NGO-run shelter in Rohtak’s Shrinagar, have accused the in-charge Jaswanti Devi and her family of rape, sexual exploitation and physical and mental abuse.
More than 300,000 children went missing in the country between 2012 and 2017.(Shutterstock/Representative image)
More than 300,000 children went missing in the country between 2012 and 2017.(Shutterstock/Representative image)

Policy dive: All you need to know about Trafficking of Persons Bill, 2017

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Moushumi Das Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Policy Dive picks a policy issue, traces the debate around it, the different schools of thought and the choices involved.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra voiced a need for a policy to combat the menace of human trafficking.(PTI File Photo)
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra voiced a need for a policy to combat the menace of human trafficking.(PTI File Photo)

CJI Dipak Misra calls for policy to combat human trafficking

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2018 10:28 PM IST
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra termed human trafficking as the “greatest human tragedy”.
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