‘Conviction of human traffickers very low’
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 20:45
  
Hyderabad: Even though more number of human traffickers were being booked, the number of convictions secured has remained dismally low, a senior Home Ministry official said here on Saturday.

"More number of children and women are getting rescued from clutches of traffickers and the registration of cases in trafficking has seen a rise...but the trafficking convictions still remain dismally low," Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs B Bhamathi said today.

Addressing prosecuting officers of southern states at the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy here at a programme, she called upon the officers to consider themselves as important change agents and see that more convictions (for traffickers) are secured.

The Additional Secretary said that 225 Anti- Human Trafficking Units were presently functioning at district-level across the country.

On the occasion, she also announced that the union home ministry would soon present cash awards for those working in the area of anti-human trafficking.

"Once the selection process is over, two state governments will be given cash award of Rs 2 lakh each, three individual officers will be presented Rs 1.5 lakh each while two NGOs assisting the police in drive against traffickers will also be awarded by the Home Minister P Chidamabaram before March 31 this year," she said.

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy said on the occasion that AP Police was the first in the country to set up an anti-trafficking unit in 2007.

In the last five years, the AP police busted 1,950 trafficking cases and rescued 2,892 victims and arrested 3,943 traffickers, the DGP said adding "We secured conviction ranging from 4-14 years in 52 cases against 170 traffickers".

PTI


First Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 20:45


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