Stop Kids Sale. End Human Trafficking.
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Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,
Every day, 174 children go missing. Young and vulnerable, often without identity and easy targets, children are losing their childhood forever.
Human trafficking in India - one of the most inhuman practices - continues to plague and persist as an organised crime. As a result, a large number of women, boys and girls are trafficked for various inhuman purposes, depriving them of their rights, denying them a chance to actively participate in the growth of our nation.
Surprisingly, despite various policies and laws, in 2016 alone, 22955 human trafficking cases were reported in India.
Children remain the most vulnerable target, trafficked and pushed to most harmful forms of labour and abuse, often forced into prostitution, physical labour or domestic work.
This must END NOW.
We would like to congratulate the Government of India for taking a pioneering step in the form of the Anti-Trafficking Bill “Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2017” to address the existing anomalies in the present “Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956”.
While the laws must be stringent to end child trafficking cases but also address the rehabilitation of survivors.
We, hereby, submit suggestions for your reference and consideration:
- Community-Led Prevention Programmes: Through tangible measures ensure active participation of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Child Protection Committees in creating a community mechanism that acts as a watchdog to help prevent instances of trafficking of women and children. These established institutions would identify vulnerable families, women and children and support them by linking them to social protection, livelihood and skill development programmes.
- Strengthened Rehabilitation Programmes: To enable the survivors and their families to cope-up with the situation. This should include safe shelter homes, provision of education and skill development, access to social protection schemes, soft loans for entrepreneurship activities, free legal aid, psycho-social programmes, and other relevant forms of support.
- Bring the proposed legislation in sync with other related legislations: To ensure effective implementation of legislation, reviewing it and bringing it in sync with other related legislations to address any anomalies and gaps.
- Provision of adequate budget and monitoring mechanism: To Ensure that adequate budgets are allocated for effective implementation of the legislations which includes social and legal protection programmes, as well as periodically monitoring its expenditure.
- Strengthened coordination mechanisms: Establish coordination mechanisms between law enforcement agencies and proposed institutions to deal with trafficking cases to ensure that fool-proof cases are filed against traffickers -- which allows for speedy trial.
We, as citizens of India, trust that the government under your leadership would consider the above suggestions and take necessary action.
NCRB (National crime Records Bureau) 2016
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