Concern over health of human trafficking victims

Concern over health of human trafficking victims

Concern over health of human trafficking victims

DEVESH PANDEY IN THE HINDU

Alarming trend of some mysterious drug being administered to minor girls trafficked into the Capital

An alarming trend of some mysterious drug being administered to minor girls trafficked into the Capital from West Bengal, primarily to be forced into prostitution, has raised serious concerns over the mental and physical health of the victims of human trafficking.

The latest case is that of 17-year-old Wahida (name changed) from South 24 Parganas, who was smuggled into the city by an acquaintance of her lover’s brother and sold to a brothel on G.B. Road in Central Delhi about a week ago. “Having completed my Class X, I had gone to get myself enrolled with a nurse training school where Siraj, an acquaintance of my lover Nasir’s brother, met me. He took me to an eating joint where we had some food, after which I lost my senses. My body was functioning properly, but I could not utter a single word. What happened thereafter I cannot recall. It seems he made me consume food laced with some drugs,” said Wahida, daughter of a rickshaw puller.

Jitendra Nagpal, Head of the Department of the Institute of Mental Health and Lifeskills at Moolchand Hospital, said: “It could be some psychotropic that alters the functioning of the mind, declines overall function and impacts short-term memory altering the perception and emotion. These could also be illegally procured mind modifying agents like opioids or cannabinoids, making the person unable to control his/her behaviour. It at times makes the person vulnerable to suggestions by the perpetrator of the crime.” Dr. Nagpal said those under the influence of such a drug may lose their senses and are unable to later recall what exactly transpired with them.The next thing Wahida remembers is that she was at the New Delhi railway station. “When I confronted Siraj asking why he brought me to Delhi, he initially claimed that he wanted to marry me. I objected and urged him to take me back home, but he forcibly took me to a house where he beat me when I offered resistance. He then sold me off to a brothel where I was raped and mentally tortured,” she said.

Soon after the victim was brought to the brothel, non-government organisation Shakti Vahini got a tip-off that a minor girl had been forced into prostitution. “We immediately contacted the Kamla Market police, which raided the brothel and rescued the victim. Subsequently we alerted the West Bengal Police, which had received a complaint from the girl’s father a day ago. The girl was produced before a Child Welfare Committee. A case has now been registered and a police team headed by Sub-Inspector Bishwadev Roy, comprising two women police constables, is here along with the girl’s father to take her back to her native place,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

Mr. Kant said a similar modus operandi was employed by human traffickers in a recent case wherein a 16-year-old girl was brought to the Capital from Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas and pushed into the flesh trade. The girl, who was rescued later and is presently here for cross-examination before a city court, said she was also drugged before being trafficked.

Expressing shock, Sanjay Gupta of NGO Chetna said: “We have come across a large number of cases were children are trafficked into the Capital from States like Bihar and forced to become drug addicts. Under the influence of drugs, they commit crime and are also made to beg on streets. They are usually administered white/correction fluid and once they get addicted to it, they obey their handlers for their daily dose.”

Stating that presently there was lack of data on the subject of substance abuse among children and its repercussions, Mr. Gupta said a nationwide study was being undertaken by a committee in 142 districts across 27 States in coordination with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences under the supervision of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Ministry of Home Affairs Issues Advisory on preventing and combating human trafficking in India – dealing with foreign nationals

MOST IMMEDIATE
No. 14051/14/2011-F.VI
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
(Foreigners Division)
Dated 1st May, 2012

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:  Advisory on preventing and combating human trafficking in India – dealing with foreign nationals.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 15011/6/2009-ATC (Advisory) dated 09.09.2009 on the above mentioned subject (copy enclosed). It has come to the notice of this Ministry that foreign nationals are associated in some instances of human trafficking among women and children.

2. Further to the detailed procedure outlined in the above mentioned Office Memorandum, it has been decided with the approval of the competent authority that in cases of foreign nationals who are apprehended in connection with human trafficking, the State Governments / UT Administrations may follow the following procedure : –

 (i) Immediately after a foreign national is apprehended on charges of human trafficking, a detailed interrogation/investigation should be carried out to ascertain whether the person concerned is a victim or a trafficker.

(ii) The victims and the persons actually involved in human trafficking should be treated differently by the police authorities. This is in line with the SAARC Convention which advocates a victim-centric approach.

(iii)  Missions/Posts in India may be informed of the arrest/detention of the foreign national by the concerned state or other authorities through CPV division in the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) or the concerned territorial Division in MEA.

 (iv)  It is seen that in general, the foreign victims of human trafficking are found without valid passport or visa. If, after investigation, the woman or child is found to be a victim, she should not be prosecuted under the Foreigners Act. If the investigation reveals that she did not come to India or did not indulge in crime out of  her own free will, the State Government / UT Administration may not file a charge sheet against the victim.  If the chargesheet has already been filed under the Foreigners Act and other relevant laws of the land, steps may be taken to withdraw the case from prosecution so far as the victim is concerned.  Immediate action may be taken to furnish the details of such victims to the Ministry of External Affairs (Consular Division), Patiala House, New Delhi so as to ensure that the person concerned is repatriated to the country of her origin through diplomatic channels.

(v)     During the interim period, pending repatriation, the victim may be taken care of in an appropriate children’s home, or “Ujjawala” home or appropriate shelter home either of the State Government concerned or of any NGO aided by the Government of India / State Government.

(vi)    If the investigation reveals that the person is actually a trafficker, he/she may be charge-sheeted under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act and the Foreigners Act and due process of law should be followed in such cases.

 (vii)    In order to ensure better conviction rates of perpetrators of the crime of trafficking, prosecution should be based on documentary, forensic and material evidence.  State Governments are advised to encourage the law enforcement agencies to investigate the cases in a manner that they are able to build fool proof cases against the traffickers, so that convictions can be guaranteed.  Use of fast-track courts and video conferencing to the extent possible also need to be ensured.  Please refer to para 7 of the enclosed Advisory dated 9.9.2009.

3.      All other instructions contained in this Ministry’s Advisory dated 09.09.2009 including reporting to the Anti Human Trafficking Nodal Cell in MHA will be applicable in the case of foreign nationals associated with human trafficking, whether they are women or children(children means both boys and girls upto 18 years of age).

4.      You are requested to issue suitable directions to all concerned under intimation to this Ministry.

5.      The receipt of this Office Memorandum may kindly be acknowledged.

(G.V.V. Sarma)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

To
The Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries/ Secretary (Home) of all State Governments and Union Territory Administrations.
Copy for information and necessary action to:-
(i)  The DGs / IGs (In-charge of Prisons) /- All State Governments/ UTs
(ii)  Sri Sandeep Goel, Joint Commissioner(Crime), 3rd Floor, Police Station Kamla Market, Delhi.
(iii)  Ministry of Women and Child Development(Smt. Aditi Ray, Senior Economic Advisor), Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.
(iv)  Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi
(v)   Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.
(vi)  Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhavan, New Delhi.
(vii)  Ministry of External Affairs:
(a) Addl. Secretary(PV)     (b) JS(Consular)          (c)  JS(BSM)
(viii) Chairperson, National Commission for Women, 4, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi.
(ix)  Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, 5th Floor, Chandralok Building, Janpath, New Delhi.
(x)  Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.
(xi)  Director General, NCRB, R.K.Puram, New Delhi.
(xii)  Director General, BPR&D, New Delhi.
(xiii) Director General, Border Security Force, New Delhi.
(xiv)  Director, CBI, New Delhi..
(xv)   AS(CS) / JS(CS) / JS(UT) / JS(NE) / JS(K), MHA, North Block, New Delhi.

(G.V.V. Sarma)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

Six arrested for pushing woman into flesh trade

Six arrested for pushing woman into flesh trade - SHAKTI VAHINI

Six arrested for pushing woman into flesh trade - SHAKTI VAHINI

HINDUSTAN TIMES

Six persons, including a woman, were arrested in a joint operation of Delhi and Kolkata police for forcing a woman into prostitution by kidnapping her two sons. Police said the 24-year-old woman was brought to Delhi in November on the pretext of getting her a job. “The gang first tried to force her into prostitution. When she refused, they kidnapped her sons and sent her to Jaipur. On December 30, she managed to escape, took her elder son from Sangam Vihar and went to Kolkata,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini NGO, which assisted the police in the rescue operation.

The woman informed the Kolkata police that her two-year-old son was still with the traffickers and a team reached Delhi on January 6.

“A raid was conducted at Sangam Vihar and Govindpuri and six persons, identified as Sameer, Sartaj Khan, Kafil, Shibu, Zeeshan and Rehana were arrested,” a senior police officer said. During interrogation, the kingpin — Sartaj Khan — told the police that the woman’s son was in Uttar Pradesh’s Gajraula district and a team was rushed there immediately.

“The child was soon rescued and handed over to his mother,” Rishi Kant said. The victim was a vegetable vendor in Kolkata and was brought to Delhi by Rehana. Police suspect the hand of a bigger gang in the matter. All the arrested persons have been taken to Kolkata for further investigation.

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TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES ARRESTED

HUMAN TRAFFICKING NEWS IS A SHAKTI VAHINI NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK INITIATIVE

SOURCE: SHAKTI VAHINI

IN A SEARCH OPERATION CONDUCTED FOR TWO DAYS ACROSS DELHI AND GHAZIABAD BY A CID TEAM FROM WEST BENGAL (AHTU) / DELHI POLICE (AHTU) AND SHAKTI VAHINI A TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES IN WEST BENGAL WAS ARRESTED AND FIVE MINOR GIRLS WERE RECOVERED. THE ARRESTED HAPPENED ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2011.DOCUMENTS CONTAINING DETAILS OF HUNDREDS OF GIRLS HAVE BEEN SEIZED . DOCUMENTS MENTIONING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN RECOVERED. THE ACCUSED WAS RUNNING AN ILLEGAL PLACEMENT AGENCY. THE CID WEST BENGAL (AHTU) HAD COME TO DELHI UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE KOLKATTA HIGH COURT. THE DELHI POLICE AHTU PROVIDED ALL TECHNICAL , LOGISTICAL AND INVESTIGATION SUPPORT

SHAKTI VAHINI PRESIDENT SPEAKS AT THE PRESS CLUB OF INDIA ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

SHAKTI VAHINI PRESIDENT SPEAKS ON THE NORTH BENGAL CAMPAIGN OF SHAKTI VAHINI

Many Indian maids at risk of sexual abuse

NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK – A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The 100th conference of the International Labour Organisation is underway in Switzerland.The future of the world’s millions of domestic workers is at the top of the agenda.India has a staggering amount of female domestic workers and many face daily verbal and sexual abuse.

Al Jazeera‘s Prerna Suri reports from New Delhi, India.