(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Tackling Human Trafficking
Topic: Tackling Human Trafficking
- Lalitha Kumaramangalam, (Former Chairperson, National Commission for Women)
- Dr. Vikram Singh, (Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh)
- Mathew Joji, Head, (Development, International Justice Mission)
Last month, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned the world that the Covid-19 pandemic would lead to a major increase in human trafficking. India’s Home Ministry responded by issuing an advisory to its state governments earlier this month, with clear instructions to set up or improve local anti-trafficking networks. The Ministry has written to states and Union territories to expedite the setting up of new anti-human trafficking units (AHTUs) and upgrade the infrastructure of existing ones to ‘combat and prevent’ human trafficking. The AHTUs are an integrated task force to prevent and combat the menace of human trafficking. Trained representatives from the police, department of women and child development, other relevant departments and renowned non-government organisations are part of the unit which was first established in 2007. While the Central government has provided financial assistance for setting up physical infrastructure in these units, it is the responsibility of various states to depute suitable manpower to manage them.