Trafficking of Children and Minor Girls

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As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the number of cases registered under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 in the North Eastern Region increased from 32 in 2008 to 43 in 2009. The State-wise details are given below :

State 2008 2009* 2010* 

Upto the month of)

Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0 (Jun)
Assam 27 37 1 (Mar)
Manipur 0 0 2 (Sep)
Meghalaya 3 1 2 (Aug)
Mizoram 1 1 0 (Aug)
Nagaland 1 3 0 (July)
Sikkim 0 1 1 (Aug)
Tripura 0 0 0 (Aug)
Total 32 43 6

*Data is provisional

The Government has been taking various measures to combat trafficking in the country. The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 supplemented by the Indian Penal Code prohibits trafficking in human beings, including children and minor girls and lays down penalties for trafficking. A comprehensive Advisory for combating the crime of human trafficking has been issued by the Government of India to all States/Union Territories. Funds have been released for establishing 18 Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) in the North Eastern States. Also, the Government in the Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing the ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme, under which financial assistance is being provided, on the recommendation of the State Government, for prevention of trafficking and for rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. Under the ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme, 21 projects have been sanctioned in the North Eastern States.

This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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(Release ID :67115)

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