Shillong, Nov 14: National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said false dreams given by traffickers, the internet, financial weakness of the family and no means to sustain their livelihood in their homes are some of the causes fuelling trafficking of women from the North-eastern region.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event on Recommendations of the Study on Social, Economic and Political Empowerment of Women in North-eastern States held at the North Eastern Council premises here on Tuesday, Sharma said that there have been reports of trafficking of women from the region after being trapped by traffickers through dubious means. She also stated that there is a need to create enough employment opportunities in rural areas of the region so that unscrupulous people are not able to lure unsuspecting victims in search of better opportunities outside the confines of their homes.
“Trafficking (of women), especially from Assam and also in certain cases from Mizoram, has come to our notice. They are taken away to work in massage or beauty parlours, but are often used for different reasons,” Sharma said. The NCW Chairperson also stated that in some cases these women are trafficked out of the country. Sharma also stated that rehabilitation of the rescued women victims is often a problem, especially with the families often refusing to accept them again. According to her, there is a need to rehabilitate them by offering them skill trainings and also by providing them shelter.