Hands Of law Enforcers In Human Trafficking Admitted

IMPHAL, Jun 22: Law enforcers are also involved in human trafficking. That is why it is a serious problem, DIGP (HQs) and SSP of Imphal East District (Additional charge) Clay Khongsai, IPS has stated.

Continuing the efforts of sensitizing the police to the problems of human trafficking in Manipur, a three-day long district level training program on human trafficking for Imphal East District Police personnel got underway from today at the conference hall of District Police Headquarters of lmphal West District.

Speaking during the inaugural function of the training program, Clay Khongsai pointed out that the main reason why human trafficking is a serious problem in Manipur is the involvement of some people in the law enforcement agencies.

Another factor for proliferation of human trafficking is the economic factor, he said, and cited the instances of many young women from poor families in Nepal being trafficked to different Red Light areas of India.

These victims have been brought to India on the assurance of better job or education or other facilities. In 1998 alone, 7000 women from Nepal have been reportedly trafficked to India, the police officer added.

In all, 25 police personnel in the ranks of ASI to DSP are participating in the training program, which will continue till June 25.

Earlier, delivering the welcome address of the training program, Additional SP (Law & Order), Imphal East Pushpanjali, IPS explained that the event is being organized to sensitize the police on the issue of human trafficking in Manipur.

DIG-AP-I, Manipur S Manglemjao Singh, IPS, who delivered the inaugural address pointed out that recruitment of child soldiers by UG groups, is another form of human trafficking that has given serious impact on the society.

Quoting report of UN, Manglemjao informed the gathering that after drug, child/human trafficking has become the largest illegal but profitable business in the world today.

While three truck loads of SP tablets are reportedly being consumed in a day by the drug abusers in Manipur, there may be instances of many children and young women, who have been trafficked from Manipur on false promises of better job and education, being rescued from Tamil Tadu, Maharashtra, Malaysia, Singapore, etc in the last few years.

He hoped that organizing such training programs would help the police to understand the issue and tackle the problem of human trafficking in Manipur effectively. The police also need to be more alert and conscious while performing their duties to stop drug and human trafficking in Manipur, he exhorted.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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