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`Landlocked North-east a hotspot of trafficking`

The North East Region is a hot spot of human trafficking landlocked by international borders coupled with ethnic violence and armed conflict in the area, said Assam State Commission for Women chairperson Mridula Saharia Friday.



Guwahati: The North East Region is a hot spot of human trafficking landlocked by international borders coupled with ethnic violence and armed conflict in the area, said Assam State Commission for Women chairperson Mridula Saharia Friday.

"The N-E remains a hotspot as the region is shared by
many international borders like China, Bhutan, Bangladesh,
Myanmar and Nepal. Most of them are open and unmanned
providing easy passage in and out of India for organised human
trafficking syndicates to operate undetected," Saharia said.

Speaking at the Regional Level Conference on Trafficking of Women here in collaboration with the National Commission for Women, she pointed out that trafficking is of two types.
"In cross-border trafficking the victims are from the
other neighbouring countries. The other is trafficking within
the state and across the state," the ASCW chairperson said.

"Assam being landlocked is vulnerable to trafficking and
increasingly being recognised as one of the major source,
transit and destination states needing urgent attention to
combat trafficking and commercial exploitation of women and
children," she said.
With trafficking networks in Assam getting well
established over the years, Saharia said the girls were
trafficked to the brothels in Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Pune,
Siliguri, Kolkata, Chappra and several other red light areas
of Bihar and West Bengal.

In the state, the worst affected districts are Dhubri,
Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Kamrup, besides
Guwahati and the Barak Valley districts, she said.

PTI

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