Guwahati: Marking the 20th anniversary of the passage of US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and adoption of the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, an anti-trafficking workshop was conducted in Guwahati, Assam on Friday.
The US Consulate General Kolkata and NGO Shakti Vahini launched the workshop called ‘From One To Many – Ignite the Force’ aims to empower youth to combat human trafficking and facilitate inter- and intra-state collaboration in three cities – Guwahati, Patna and Ranchi.
American Center Kolkata director Monica Shie said, “The US Consulate General Kolkata is committed to intensifying our efforts to end human trafficking through a year-round, multilateral approach that supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts through meaningful engagement with local governments, law enforcement, judiciary, civil society, the private sector, and trafficking survivors.”
Shakti Vahini NGO founder Ravi Kant said, “Human trafficking is an organised crime and over the years it has grown in dimensions. The missing children data as reported by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. It is important to make our children and youth aware of this problem so that they are aware of the designs of the traffickers and know of the various support mechanisms which are present.”
Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mohanta said: “Combating human trafficking is one of our priority areas in Assam and we are taking adequate initiatives to protect women girls and children, prevent trafficking, rescue the victims, prosecute the criminals, rehabilitation and unification of the victims with their families.”
Surendra Kumar, IG, CID, Assam Police, said: “Let us come together to wipe out the blot of human trafficking from the face of humanity.”
Other dignitaries from the state and outside joined the workshop and spoke about multi-lateral stakeholder collaboration to combat all forms of human trafficking in Assam and the region.