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UP may soon get human trafficking police stations

PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh may soon have anti-human trafficking police stations and a special task force to check the menace in state. The decisions were taken by the State Advisory Committee to Combat Human Trafficking which met on Thursday after 15 years.

“While government has decided to establish a task force to check human trafficking, serious considerations were underway to give the anti-human trafficking units the status of a police station,” principal secretary (Home) Debashish Panda, who chaired the meeting, said. “Once these units are notified as police stations they will be able to register FIRs and initiate action against the accused,” he said.

The meeting was attended by home secratary Kamal Saxena, special secretary (home) Ministhy S and director general (DG) Mahila Samman Prakoshth & State Human Rights unit Sutapa Sanyal apart from senior officials of the labour department. Representatives of UNICEF, Childline and Shakti Vahini, the NGOs working against human trafficking were also present.

It was decided to study rules framed by other states pertaining to placement agencies and migrant labours and frame a new rulebook for UP, said Advisory Committee and Shakti Vahini member Rishikant. For better training of employees involved in checking human trafficking and maintain uniformity it was decided to follow standard operating procedure.

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