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Human trafficking: Two Assam girls rescued from Haryana

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NEW DELHI, August 30: Against the backdrop of strong measures being adopted by New Delhi and Dispur, two girls from Assam were rescued from the clutches of human traffickers. A joint team of Haryana police and Shakti Bahini, an NGO had rescued both the girls – one belongs to Kokrajhar and another from upper Assam district – from Haryana’s Bhivani district recently. The incident shows the trend of human trafficking that is still going on.

The girls were sold for Rs 1 lakh each to two families in Haryana for marriage.

“The two girls are presently in a rescue home in Haryana and we are trying to get in touch with their families in Assam,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Bahini.

A fact which could further ascertain how serious the issue of human trafficking is, the Shakti Bahini had rescued as many as 110 Assamese women and girls from across the country in last three years. The girls were mainly rescued from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

On several occasions, the girls were forced into domestic work but on many occasions, they were forced into flash trade.

“We have rescued several girls from States like Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The girls from Assam were mainly lured for domestic help but on many occasions they (the girls) were forced into prostitution,” said Subir Roy, a member of the Shakti Bahini.

The Shakti Bahini which was working against human trafficking and women safety for the last several years had rescued 150 girls of different States in last three years.

“In Assam, the human traffickers mainly target the poverty stricken families of rural areas. On many occasions, we have found the involvement of placement agencies in human trafficking,” said Roy.

Government reports said that victims of ethnic clash in Assam are the soft targets for human traffickers. “Thousands of Adivasi people are still languishing in refugee camps located in Kokrajhar and Bogaigaon districts. Taking the advantage of their poverty, the human traffickers could easily lure them,” said another field worker of the Shakti Bahini.

Although the government had imposed fine and imprisonment for the people involved in human trafficking, the unabated trend of this illegal trade has raised eye brows of cross section of people.

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