179 girls trafficked into Goa rescued over last three years

TIMES OF INDIA

PANAJI: A total of 179 girls who were trafficked into Goa for commercial sexual exploitation were rescued in the state over the last three years.

The revelation came from Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ), a nodal NGO working to curb human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation in Goa. ARZ was participating in a two-day consultation workshop of service providers from Goa and source states to strategize combating human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation in Goa.

Representatives from eight states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur and West Bengal are also participating. According to ARZ director Arun Pandey, though Goa is a destination state for trafficked girls, no study has been done on the magnitude of the trafficking.

Pandey said 146 were Indian girls followed by Nepal (27), Bangladesh (4) and Russia (2). From Indian states, 39 girls came from Mumbai. Others were Manipur (31), Goa (16), Andhra Pradesh (14), West Bengal (09), Nagaland (08), Karnataka (07), Maharashtra and Assam (both 5 each), Mizoram (4).

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