Cuttack: The Crime Branch of Odisha Police on Sunday issued advisory for all district superintendents of police (SPs) and deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for prevention of trafficking of girls through placement agencies on the pretext of Job.
There have been reports of human trafficking from Odisha to various cities specifically involving young girls. It is therefore very essential that proactive steps are taken by all districts to check this menace, the Crime Branch said in the advisory.
“Laxman Giluwa, Member of Parliament, Jharkhand had raised the issue of trafficking of innocent girls from Jharkhand to various big cities and dubious role played by placement agencies in this process. Accordingly, MHA has advised to sensitize the field functionaries of police department about the issues,” the advisory said, adding like Jharkhand, Odisha is also a source state of human trafficking.
The CB has asked officials to keep close watch on touts of placement agencies, who lure the young girls in the name of marriage or job in other parts of the country. “A data base should be maintained at each police station against the traffickers who have been involved in such type of cases,” the advisory said.
An effective coordination is required to prevent the menace of such crime in collaboration with other stakeholders i.e. Women and Child Development Department, Labour Department, Tourism, Railways, as well as NGOs. There is a need for exchange of information between these stakeholders to ensure that such activities are curbed.
Public awareness campaigns may be conducted to make the people aware of such activities including the traps laid by the agencies to target the women and girls with false promise of providing job opportunities.
Private placement agencies and employers may be identified and their activities be kept under close vigil. So that they do not indulge in recruitment and placement of women and girls in hazardous and offensive employment
Close watch should be kept in all transit points, such as railway stations, bus stands, public places, hotels and guest houses etc so as to identify the brokers and rescue the victims from their clutch.
NGOs working in the area of anti-human trafficking should be closely associated and their sharing of information and intelligence with the police may be encouraged.
Trafficking prone areas should be identified and mechanism be put in place to monitor the activities of placement agencies.
If complaints are received against private labour recruiters and placement agencies operating without any license or authority immediate legal action may be initiated.
While making passport verification the concerned officer shall have to ascertain the purpose of visit abroad and if there is involvement of any placement agencies to that effect.
The CB directed the officials to follow the instructions and sensitize the officers under their jurisdiction to keep sharp look in this matter to avoid any unlawful confinement and victimization of any women or girl by the recruiters/placement agencies.