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May 22, 2014

West Bengal Government sets up task force to combat human trafficking

West Bengal Government sets up task force to combat human trafficking

A new anti humantrafficking task force is being set up by the State Government to stoptrafficking of girls and rehabilitate the survivors. Christened as `3R`, thetask force will consist of police and CID officials, representatives from theBangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.

The West BengalGovernment has already taken a series of steps to combat human trafficking.From extensive campaigns to immediate administrative actions, what is needed isbeing done effectively.

Magnitude oftrafficking

  • West Bengal accountsfor 86.0% (49 cases out of 57 cases) of the total cases of Selling of Girlsfor Prostitution and
  • 17.2% (41 cases out of237 cases) of the total cases of `procuration of minor Girls for Prostitution`NCRB 2009)

Integrated Responseof the State Government to Combat Trafficking

A number of steps havebeen taken by the Government to combat trafficking of women. The Stategovernment has already recruited village volunteer forces.CID has also formed aspecial cell to combat trafficking.

Rehabilitation throughUjjwala – two homes has beensanctioned under the Rehabilitation component, one at 24 Parganas (S) and theother at Jalpaiguri. Rehabilitation work is going on through vocationaltraining like tailoring, computer training, sholawork, beautician course etc.