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Minor trafficking rampant in Tripura
Minor trafficking rampant in Tripura

AGARTALA, June 30 (TIWN): Human trafficking in Tripura along Indo-Bangla border especially in Dharmanagar is on a rise. Porous International Border along Indo-Bangladesh not only provides safe corridors to traffickers but also acts as easy gates for human trafficking, especially minors.

Trafficking of women and children has dramatically increased in Dharmanagar. In most cases, traffickers are found to have lured their victims to come with them by promising them good jobs, quality education and better housing. In the hope of getting money, the relatives are handing over the little girls in the hands of human traffickers but in reality these little girls are also being sexually exploited, besides being labour-oriented exploitation

Recently in an exemplary force, the drivers and passengers rescued a girl from the clutch of woman trafficking racket at Dharmanagar ISBT.  The girl is identified as Anapuma Sukla Das who was trafficked by women traffickers identified as Lalita Nath, Kalita nath and Kuldeep Singh.  Reportedly, Lalita nath married to Kuldeep Singh came to her house at Damtilla under Panisagar police station and managed to persuade a 16 year old child and managed to lure her and taker her along with the traffickers.

However, sensing suspicion at the ISBT, the people informed at the Dharmanagar police station. After receiving the information the police rushed to the spot and took all the suspected persons to the police station for interrogation.   Now Question arise, Why Kuldeep and wife lalita and his sister –in-law Kalita has been released from the police station.                                 

 Most of the trafficking racket consists of women who comes from outside the state and clutches the minor girls from the interior part of the state and takes them along by assuring them better life-style.  Children are easier to smuggle through borders, cheaper and easier to control, which makes them more vulnerable. Further, the porous border along the Northeast region makes it even easier for the traffickers.

It is to be mentioned here that the trafficking racket has an administrative reach in Tripura by which they managed fake passports and sent the minors outside India. Many minors are sold through this racket in other part of the nation and even sometime outside country.

The highway networks in the region connect many national and international destinations. The destinations are usually New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Kolkata and extend as far as Thailand, Singapore and Thailand. Child trafficking, be it for forced labor or prostitution, is very much rampant in Northeast along with the rest of the country. However, the Northeast is a source, destination and transit region for human trafficking.

The trafficking racket mostly targets the minors especially the girls for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal.  Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim's rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation.

Within India, there are an estimated 2.3 million women in prostitution, of which nearly six lakh are children. The criminal business of human trafficking generates over hefty amount of money, making it one of the largest heinous crime after drug smuggling and trespassing.



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