‘Northeast girls most vulnerable to human trafficking’

A one-day awareness programme on Child Abuse and Crimes against Women was organised by the Manipur Alliance for Child Right (MACR), Churachandpur.

A one-day awareness programme on Child Abuse and Crimes against Women was organised by the Manipur Alliance for Child Right (MACR), Churachandpur in collaboration with FXB India Suraksha at Saikot village on Saturday.

The programme was attended by additional SP (IUCAW) of Churachandpur, Hasby Haokip as chief guest. Director of New Life Foundation, Moirang, L Pisak and Sunil Khoinaijam from FXB India Suraksha were the presidium members.

Hasby said that child abuse is wide spreading nowadays and more awareness is needed on different forms of child abuse like verbal, visual, emotional, sexual, bullying, child labour and others.

“In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration,” said Hasby.

Pisak said that human trafficking was the third largest business in the world a year ago but now it has become the second largest with girls and women from north-east Indian states like Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur in the most vulnerable list. He continued that human trafficking, with women as victims in most of the cases, are compounded by insurgency, unemployment, poverty and lack of education. There are thousands of unreported cases of women trafficking in the state, he added.

Sunil of FXB said that they have made certain projects under FXB India Suraksha that were implemented at two places but cannot be expanded due to COVID-19. Child abuse has been increased by 95 percent which are mostly due to use of mobile phones by children as they can get access to different applications and sites.

First Published:Oct. 17, 2020, 10:43 p.m.

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