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Centre Had Warned About Human Trafficking During Lockdown, But 8 States Took No Action: Report

The advisory, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, included prevented measures against human trafficking, especially of children from families that faced severe financial troubles due to the Covid-19 lockdown

The central government had sent an advisory to all states three months ago, laying down several measures to combat human trafficking, but eight of those states, including Maharashtra, UP and J&K have still not enacted on the norms yet.

The Indian Express reported on Tuesday that the advisory, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, included prevented measures against human trafficking, especially of children from families that faced severe financial troubles due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The MHA also asked the states to form Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) in every district on a “most urgent basis”.

However, according to the report, UP and Maharashtra are among the six states that have not reached even the basic norm that was mapped out 10 years ago which was focused on the setting up of AHTUs in at least 50 per cent of police districts. While UP has only 35 units for 75 districts, Maharashtra has a mere 12 for 36 districts.

Last week, News18 reported that human trafficking cases in India hit a three year-high in 2019, according to the latest data available with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

“Traffickers often exploit the vulnerabilities of people by making false promises of a new job, better income, better living conditions and support to their families, etc. While such promises of perpetrators appear legitimate to people, unfortunately it makes many men, women and children easy prey for exploitation,” a July 6 letter by the Home Ministry, signed by Deputy Secretary Arun Sobti, states.

In 2019, a total of 6,616 human trafficking cases were…

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