1 person goes missing every 4 days in Nagaland: State DGP

1 person goes missing every  4 days in Nagaland: State DGP

Dimapur, March 4: DGP Nagaland, T John Longkumer Wednesday said Northeast India has been identified as one of the most vulnerable region for human trafficking and Nagaland one of the leading points of origin.
Speaking as the special guest at a state level conference on anti-human trafficking, organized by Nagaland Police and supported by Ministry of Home Affairs, Women Safety Division, New Delhi, the DGP revealed that between 2017 and 2019, 87 cases have been registered in different districts of Nagaland.
He said in Nagaland, one person goes missing in every four days and 83% of these are below the age of 18 years while 13% of the missing persons are reportedly trafficked.
“To combat this growing threat the State police has devised several mechanisms, the primary being the formation of Anti-Human Trafficking Cells in every district with a senior police officer as the designated head,” he said and added that 84 out of the 87 cases have been registered under POCSO Act.
Recalling the rescue of 7 Naga girls forced into prostitution from Chennai in 2011 and rescue of 8 Naga children from Jaipur in 2013, he said there is a considerable decrease in the number of cases in the last two years, but the threat remains potent.
“The modus operandi of the traffickers is ever evolving,” he reminded and explained that from on site recruitment, the focus is changing to recruitment over social media platforms, and instead of physical locations, the dark net is used to auction slaves. He said to combat human trafficking, the battle must be fought on the principles of 3Ps – prevent, prosecute, and protect. He asked all to come together to combat this threat on the principle of partnership, and while everyone has been micro-managing the problem efficiently, it is time to macro-manage it.
Earlier, giving the keynote address, Inspector General of Police (Human Rights & Social Justice) Sonia Singh, IPS stated that due to lack of adequate mechanism, the system isn’t getting the desired results and human trafficking in Nagaland is increasing day by day. She advocated the need of educating people about trafficking, and the need for having a multidimensional strategy to counter it.
During the conference, three presentations were made by three resource persons relating to different constituents of human trafficking. Asungbe, Legal cum Probation Officer, District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Peren made a presentation on the topic ‘Recovery, Rescue & Rehabilitation of Trafficked victims’; T. Chubayanger, Project Officer, Directorate of Labour, Kohima spoke on ‘Forced Labour and Modern Slavery’ and Yanbemo Ngullie, Panel Lawyer, DLSA, Dimapur presented on ‘Legal awareness on human trafficking and role of the Courts’. (Page News Service)