Shillong: Meghalaya government on Monday sounded an alert following reports that some agencies were allegedly recruiting girls for flesh trade during Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Social Welfare Minister JA Lyngdoh on Monday chaired a high level meeting with CID officials, State Women`s Commission and other agencies on the issue. "District officials have been asked to activate their field staff and collect information about such trafficking of women. In case any suspicious movement is found, appropriate action would be taken," Lyngdoh said after the meeting.
CID Inspector General BR Rana told the meeting that the top district officials have been asked to keep a watch on the movement of women and children. Meetings have been convened by the State Women`s Commission to create awareness on the issue and work out ways and means to prevent such trafficking, the minister said.
"Though no cases have come to our notice, the CID has said they have received verbal information about the reported trafficking of women for engagement in the CWG," Lyngdoh said.
Impulse NGO team leader Hasina Kharbhih, working in the field of trafficking, claimed that this racket has been going on since about a year now. "Suspected recruiting agencies have even published advertisements in newspapers calling for recruitment, but have not specified the job profile.
We believe hundreds of girls have already been taken to Delhi from NE," Kharbhih said, adding her NGO has already written to President Pratibha Patil expressing concern over the issue.