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Central Advisory Committe Recommends Urgent Steps to be Taken by the Government to Combat Human Trafficking in India

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CHILD PROTECTION - NEED OF THE HOUR

NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK

The meeting of Central Advisory Committee (CAC) to combat trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation was held under the chairpersonship of Secretary(WCD) on 12.12.2013 in Committee Room ‘B’, VigyanBhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

Welcoming the participants, Smt. K. RatnaPrabha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, gave the newly constituted CAC a brief background and informed that the mandate of the CAC has grown now to cover practically all aspects of trafficking of women and children for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation from the original mandate of making suggestions regarding measures to be taken for eradicating child prostitution and related issues. Additional Secretary apprised the participants that the recommendations made by CAC so far and collaboration with NHRC, NIPCCD and UNICEF culminated in development of judicial handbook, manual for medical officers, Protocol for pre-rescue, rescue and post rescue operation of child victims etc. and formulation of a comprehensive scheme of Ujjjawala.

After conclusion of deliberations, the following decisions were taken:-

(i) Letters may be sent to all the State Governments/UTs to do the mapping in regard to the number of Ujjawala and Swadhar Homes and whether they are adequate in number in all the districts.

(Action: MWCD)

 (ii) State Governments / Ujjawala Homesmay be requested to identify the trades recognized by the Labour Ministry in which the inmates would like to be trained so that Skill Development Council can be approached for arranging necessary training to the inmates. The Ministry of Labour and Employment will also be requested to consider recognizing a few good NGOs (like All Bengal Women’s Union, Kolkata) as master trainers for providing training to the inmates of Ujjawala and Swadhar Homes.

(Action: MWCD)

(iii) Details of Ujjawala Homes with contact No. and email ID should be placed on the website of the Ministry.

(Action: MWCD)

(iv) A letter to the State Governments requesting them to ensure functioning of State Advisory Committee (SAC)should be issued immediately with the request to ensure that at least one meeting of SAC is held by the end of January, 2014.

(Action: MWCD)

(v) The suggestions received should be kept in mind while revising the Ujjjawala Scheme.

(Action: MWCD)

(vi) A joint letter from Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Home Affairs should be sent to the State Governments requesting them to strictly follow the Advisories issued by Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Women and Child Development.

(Action: MWCD/MHA)

(vii) There should be a District Advisory Committee in every district preferably headed by District Collectors.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(viii) It should be ensured thatUjjawala Homes are registered under JJ Act and ITP Act.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(ix) Currently the NGOs are running Homes. It is felt that States should workclosely with NGOs and identify resources like tapping CSR funds to strengthen the cause.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

 (x) States should identify the entry and exit points for trafficking and display posters at prominent places like railway stations and bus stops etc.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

 (xi) The States should keep watch on trafficking of children in the name of religion, schooling, poverty alleviation etc.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(xii) The States should keep watch on recruitment and placement agencies.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(xiii) States should inspect Ujjawala and Swadhar Homes every quarter and look into /facilitate repatriation of Bangladeshi, Nepali, Eastern Europe nationals and other foreign nationals who are trafficked into the country for commercial sexual exploitation.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(xiv) As per Section 13(3) (b) of ITPA, 1956, non-official advisory bodies should be set up to assist special police officers.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(xv) The State Governments should ensure that the cases of trafficking are investigated as an organized crime and those responsible for traffickingare punished.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

(xvi) State Governments should look into educational needs and care of sex workers and children and ensure that they are brought into main stream.

(Action: All State Governments/UTs)

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