Motivation camp spreads awareness about human trafficking
Siliguri, May 27 (ANI): A motivation camp to combat human trafficking was organized by Siliguri Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) on Sunday.
Talking to mediapersons here, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Seema Suraksha Bal, Subash Kumar, said middlemen lure innocent village girls into the flesh trade and begging.
"The problem of human trafficking is very persistent in the north Bengal belt. The reason behind it is the poor economic condition of the residents of this area. The people do not have enough money to properly sustain their families. The middlemen take advantage of their economic condition, lure these poor families and trap them in wrong things," Kumar said.
He added that the motive of the camp was to educate villagers and spread awareness on the issue.
"The first step to curb human trafficking is awareness against this menace. People should understand the motive of a person who is luring them or taking them away from their homes. If people become well informed, I think they will think twice before leaving their home," Kumar said.
Residents concede that women in the region are being hoodwinked by middlemen on the pretex of offering jobs.
"People come from outside and say that they would give us work, like a maidservant, in cities. Few women fall in their trap and go with them. We never come to know what happens to them. It has happened that few women have gone and never come back. A girl had gone with the outsiders and has not come back till now," said Aupa Akka, a local.
Every year thousands of girls are lured to travel to neighbouring Nepal on fake passports where they are forced into sexual slavery. (ANI)
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