HYDERABAD: Indicating that many cases of human trafficking go unreported in India, Alok Agarwal, Member Secretary of National Legal Services Authority(NLSA), on Saturday, said that the numbers of human trafficking cases presented every year in National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) like 8,132 cases in 2016 and 5,466 cases in 2014, are much lower than the number of women suspected to have been trafficked and working in places, where human trafficking is suspected to often occur, in the country.
He was speaking at inaugural of the two-day South Asia Regional Conference on Preventing Human Trafficking. Agarwal raised another issue that although NCRB gives figures of the number of human trafficking cases filed with police in country, it remains unknown as to in how many cases stringent action is taken under Section 370 of the IPC.
The conference is being attended by 150 participants from 26 states and four countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. The conference saw survivors of human trafficking talk about their journey from being victim to a survivor and what it takes to be a change agent. At the conference it was announced that the Swaraksha human trafficking prevention campaign conducted in 2016 by Prajwala and US Consulate General Hyderabad, in which the main campaigners were survivors of human trafficking, saw 112 suspected cases of trafficking being reported and 40 trafficking offenders admit their crimes.
At the event, Chetan Sanghi, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Women and Child Development spoke about the draft Bill on Human Trafficking by the Centre. He said that the bill has victims at the centre and has various safeguards for victims, ensures victims get second chance at life through proper support from all quarters, also ensures protection of witnesses and covers even illegal migration.