SHILLONG: Despite stringent measures, the north eastern region is still a haven for the human traffickers who have been running the notorious racket. Women and young girls from the region are lured with job assurance, transported to metropolitan cities and then pushed to the flesh trade.
This was more or less of what Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma said in Shillong on Wednesday.
In her address at a consultation on Combating Human Trafficking in the North East, in the capital city, she said that most of the girls from the region are taken away to Delhi, Mumbai and Goa promising jobs.
According to her, a section if these girls are initially allowed to work in parlours and others shops and then trapped in the flesh trade.
The women commissions from the entire north eastern states need to stand up unitedly to sternly deal with human trafficking.
Stakeholders need to remain united in the fight against the human traffickers who have a strong digital background, she said.
She further stressed the need to sensitized the police personnel apart from school and college students in this region on human trafficking. This would, she said, help the people remain on alert.
On the other hand, nearly 3000 women in Tripura went missing from January to August this year. Informing this in the recent assembly session, Chief Minister Manik Saha said that 2,968 women and 263 under-aged girls have gone missing during this period. Saha, however, claimed to have rescued 2,524 missing women who include 242 minors.Police have already arrested 254 persons in this connection.
According to reports, illegal traders in the capital city of Delhi sell girls and women from the region, luring their parents with promises of a better life. Human trafficking takes place due to poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and traditional views of women.