DG suggests separate cell for tracking human trafficking

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Bangalore, Sep 27 (UNI) Karnataka Director General of Police R Srikumar today called for setting up a separate cell to deal with cases relating to human trafficking.

Speaking after inaugurating a one-day conference on 'Human Trafficking and Police Role' here, he said human trafficking was a serious issue. Earlier, it was restricted to women and children.

Now it had spread to others also.

Mr Srikumar said, ''The special cell formed in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has earned a good name and in our state also we can form such a cell with at least six personnel committed to take up detail investigation''.

He said, ''Police have to change their thinking. Whenever a case was registered against Human Trafficking, a detailed investigation is necessary to find the people responsible and issues involved for committing such a crime. This would not only lead to solving many cases but also instill confidence in the society in the police force''.

Additional DG Praveen Sood said under the law, prostitution was not a crime, but we had to unearth those behind for such act, including forcing women into prostitution.

''Even the judiciary has not understood the Prevention of Women Trafficking Act and convicting prostitutes whenever arrested and produced,'' he added.

Commissioner of Police Shankar M Bidri called upon the participating Police officers to study the amended State Human Trafficking Act thoroughly.


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