Trafficking of Women and Children

EQUALITY INDIA NEWS /  A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The Government is taking measures to combat trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation in the country. The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 supplemented by the Indian Penal Code prohibits trafficking in human beings, including children and lays down penalties for trafficking. A Comprehensive Advisory on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in India has been issued on 09.09.2009 by the Government of India to all States/Union Territories. Further, the Ministry has been implementing the “Ujjawala” Scheme, under which financial assistance is being provided for prevention of trafficking and for rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. Trainings are organized for civil society organizations as well for sensitization of law enforcement agencies.

 

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not maintain district–wise data on trafficking of women and children. However, the latest available State–wise data on   the number of cases registered under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, from 2007-2010, is given as under:

 

Sl. No. State

 

2007 2008 2009
1. Andhra Pradesh

 

612 357 279
2. Arunachal Pradesh

 

0 0 0
3. Assam

 

21 27 37
4. Bihar

 

27 39 40
5. Chhattisgarh

 

14 4 9
6. Goa

 

10 14 23
7. Gujarat

 

44 52 41
8. Haryana

 

88 77 90
10. Jammu & Kashmir

 

1 4 6
11. Jharkhand

 

14 8 1
12. Karnataka

 

612 515 329
13. Kerala

 

201 187 314
14. Madhya Pradesh

 

19 10 19
15. Maharashtra

 

322 327 271
16. Manipur

 

0 0 0
17. Meghalaya

 

1 3 1
18. Mizoram

 

0 1 1
19. Nagaland

 

4 1 3
20. Orissa

 

40 29 14
21. Punjab

 

45 43 59
22. Rajasthan

 

91 72 62
23. Sikkim

 

2 0 1
24. Tamil Nadu

 

1199 687 716
25. Tripura

 

0 0 0
26. Uttar Pradesh

 

49 57 39
27. Uttarakhand

 

9 3 6
28. West Bengal

 

62 62 63
  Total State

 

3487 2580 2429
29. A&N Islands

 

1 0 1
30. Chandigarh

 

5 7 4
31. D&N Haveli

 

2 3 0
32. Daman & Diu

 

5 6 4
33. Delhi UT

 

63 60 27
34. Lakshadweep

 

0 0 0
35. Puducherry

 

5 3 9
  Total UT

 

81 79 45
         

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

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