Sunday, August 27, 2006

Human Trafficking - Second Most Profit-making Business in World

Bangalore, Aug 26: S B Uday Kumar, Co-ordinator, Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT) said on Friday August 25, that the human trafficking earns Rs 63,300 crores revenue every year all over the world.
Speaking at a one-day symposium on ‘child trafficking’, he said that according to a report from United Nations, human trafficking has emerged as the second largest profit making business in the world.
”As the human trafficking takes place secretively and is not seen in the public, it has not been able to strike the public attention,” he said.
He said that child abuse is widely found in the forms of forced and bonded labour, pornography, sex tourism, begging, smuggling, domestic labour and child marriage. Uday further said that the government needs to do a thorough follow up of such trafficking in the society.
Deputy Director to Women and Child Welfare Department N Munireddy said that the department has framed committees in Gram Panchayat, Taluk and District levels to prevent child trafficking.
These committees are headed by a Deputy Commissioner at the district level or a Gram Panchayat member at the Gram Panchayat level. The committee members also include people from a few local NGOs and officials from the women and child welfare department.
They will vigil the trafficking in their limits and if any such cases are found, they will bring it to the attention of he government. “We are planning to train these committees and bring awareness through workshop. This has been sanctioned in this budget,” he added.
However, he said that such workshops have already been conducted in Bidar, Gulbarga and Raichur in association with UNICEF.
Dr Sujatha of Makkala Sahayavani and Pankaja Kalmutt of CACT were also present.


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