Co-ordinated efforts stressed to check trafficking

Women and Child Development Dept organises two-day workshop on prevention

The co-ordinated efforts among relatives, police, community and the non-governmental organisations will help curb trafficking in women and children, said Binu, the State co-ordinator of the Missing Child Bureau.

Binu was speaking at a two-day workshop on prevention of trafficking in women and child, organised by the Women and Child Development Department for the panchayat development officers here.

The trafficking is a racket involving crores of rupees and a nexus spread across nations.  In India, the cases of trafficking are increasing alarmingly.

“According to Human Resource Commission report for 2005, nearly 10 lakh women and young girls are sex workers and majority of them were forced into the trade when they were below 15 years ofage.”

The young children and women are lured on the pretext of providing them with attractive jobs and the gullible who fall prey to the bait, would find it difficult to return to their homes, she explained.

While women and girls are pushed in to sex work, young boys are forced into beggary and work at construction sites and factories by anti-social elements, she added.

Binu said the traffickers also operate through marriage and adoptions. They marry girls or adopt children and traffick in them to different states or countries. “Efforts are on to curb the menace at different levels - legal, policy-making and social awareness,” Binu said.

PR officer of Jalappa Hospital, Nagesh Bilwa of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department and Inspector Nandakumar also spoke on the problem.

On Tuesday, Missing Child Bureau district co-ordinator S H Chowdappa, S Diwakar and Anita elaborated on the role of non-governmental organisations, child welfare committees and juvenile justice boards in preventing trafficking in women and children.

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