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Meeting on Trafficking and Missing Children organised in Malda

Malda MeetingDated 13 December 2013

Shakti Vahini Malda Unit has organized a stakeholders’ meeting on Anti Human Trafficking on December 14, 2013 at hotel Continental in Malda. The meeting was organized as part of Missing Child Alert Initiative of Plan India. The purpose of organizing the meeting is to discuss the issue of human trafficking with special reference to the cross border trafficking and Missing Children with the stakeholders’ and also to strengthened the link between the source and destination.

Discussions were held on the Supreme Court order on Missing Children and also on the various advisories and protocols of the Government of India.

The meeting was attended by 60 participants from various government and non-governmental organizations. Among the participants the Chairperson and members of the Child Welfare Committee, Malda, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, Malda, District Social Welfare Officer, Malda, District Child Protection Officers, Police Officers of GRP and Anti Human Trafficking Units, shelter home representatives, CHILDLINE representatives from the 17 NGOs and CBOs.

In the day long programme the issue of cross border trafficking was discussed at length. Citing some cases of cross border trafficking the Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee said, “The NGOs should work more closely with the law enforcement agencies and to sensitize them that the Bangladeshi children found in Malda region should not be treated as accused as there are some cases in which the children were booked under Foreigners Act. These children immediate after rescue need to be produced before the Child Welfare Committee for their care and protection and further repatriation.”

The representatives of Social Welfare Department have expressed that the department is planning to reach all the 146 panchayat in Malda with the issue of Anti Trafficking, which is the need of the hour. All the government officers present in the meeting showed their interest to work in close partnership with NGOs. The Shakti Vahini representative welcomed the initiative of the Social Welfare Department and assured that all the NGOs working for Anti Trafficking should join hands and work together to combat the organized crime.

In the meeting the District Social Welfare Officer also discussed about various government schemes available for the children in need of care and protection. The family of a survivor, who was rescued recently by Shakti Vahini from Haryana also present in the meeting and shared about how their daughter was rescued with the help of the West Bengal Police and Haryana Police from the clutches of the traffickers and also shared the message that no child should be trafficked and if necessary they would come forward to sensitize the masses.

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