NCW, UNIFEM join hands to combat trafficking in women, girls

New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The average age of trafficked victims is going down and there is a need for aggressive mapping to stop this menace at the source, National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Mamta Sharma said today. “To combat human trafficking, several short-term and long-term measures are needed to be taken up at all levels,” she said. Sharma was speaking at the seminar on ‘Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in India’. The NCW also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UNIFEM to jointly work on the issue of combating trafficking in women and girls. The MoU proposed to combat trafficking menace by addressing the problem at the source itself, from where the women are trafficked. Sharma said there was a need for an aggressive mapping to stop the menace at the source. The project was initially taken up in six states to mobilise community action for stopping trafficking. One of the priority exercises would be mapping of the source area by way of creating awareness through seminars. Vulnerability mapping has been conducted in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh & West Bengal. Rajiv Sharma, Secretary General, NHRC emphasised on drawing of a complete action plan to combat trafficking in states where there is a large population of poor people. The seminar was attended by senior government officials, State Commissions for Women and representatives of NGOs. The NCW Chairperson noted that trafficking has become a high profit and low risk venture with enormous earnings for the traffickers and brothel-runners. She said that trafficking of human beings does not get as much attention as that of drugs and arms. “Information is lacking at different stakeholders level. There are no policies available to provide that information. Hence, the need for more awareness and sensitisation,” Sharma said. The NCW said that there is a need to finalise the Draft Integrated Plan of Action to curb trafficking at all level.

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