New Delhi, Nov 4: From 8 in 2012 to 46 in 2015 is quite a big jump. This is the increase in the number of human trafficking cases on the Indo-Nepal border. A report by the Ministry for Home Affairs shows that the number of cases of human trafficking reported in 2015 alone was 46 when compared to 8 in 2012.
The rise in number of human trafficking cases has been attributed to the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal a few months back. The earthquake has brought about a lot of misery in Nepal and several women fearing poverty have been forced to cross over into India and many have become victims of human trafficking.
Home Ministry data on Human trafficking on Indo-Nepal border:
In the year 2012 and 2013, there were 8 and 13 cases of human trafficking on the Indo-Nepal border registered. In the years 2014 there were 8 cases registered. Before the earthquake in 2015 there were 8 cases. However, in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2015, 46 cases have been registered.
In 2012, 7 traffickers were arrested and 72 victims rescued. In 2013, 108 victims were rescued and 19 traffickers were arrested. The year 2014 saw 8 traffickers arrested and 33 victims rescued. Prior to the earthquake in 2015 there were 12 traffickers arrested and 47 victims rescued. In the aftermath of the earthquake 159 victims were rescued and 59 traffickers arrested.
India will provide all help:
Home Ministry officials say that all help is being provided and cases are being taken very seriously. The women are in a desperate situation and need assistance and India would provide that. The earthquake has rendered several persons in Nepal homeless and this is one of the main reasons for the spurt in the number of such cases.
In some of the cases, the women have voluntarily crossed over into India. However, there are some cases where traffickers have taken undue advantage and roped in these women with false promises. The Home Ministry says that there are cases relating to children and the Sashastra Seema Bal is working overtime to ensure that this does not turn into a crisis that goes beyond control.
During the investigations it has been found that women were being trafficked into Bihar, Punjab and also Uttar Pradesh. Traffickers have taken undue advantage of their desperation and lured them into the flesh trade, investigations also show. The traffickers had lured some of the women promising them jobs which would pay Rs 8,000 the investigations also revealed.
Home Ministry officials say that the priority is to curb the problem. It is a complex situation as there are several types of cases involved here. While some are voluntary in others we found that the women had been tricked. There is also a third type where relatives have forcibly brought the women into India.