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25 August 2013

Human Traffickers Still Active in Mizoram

Aizawl, Aug 25 : Despite several steps taken by the Mizoram government, human trafficking is very much active in the state, revealed a latest study conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Human traffickers, the report says, employ agents in rural areas of Mizoram to lure Myanmarese nationals living near the border into India through the porous boundary.

The UNODC report, while praising the efforts of the Mizoram government on the issue of human trafficking, said the traffickers have accomplices in villages and lured in rural folks from Myanmar by promising them lucrative jobs outside the state.

The traffickers also have agents inside Myanmar, especially those near the Mizoram border, to help people cross the 404-km-long porous international border, the report said.

The report added that many Myanmarese nationals trafficked via Mizoram are either forced to work as unpaid domestic helps or sex workers.

Mizoram is the first state in the northeast to formulate a 'Victims of Crime Compensation Scheme', the UNODC report said. It added that the scheme was formulated in 2011 to ensure that the victims of human trafficking were rehabilitated.

The burden of financial assistance for the victims of human trafficking is shared by the Centre and the state government.

The government also constituted anti-human trafficking units, which organize workshops and trainings to create awareness on the issue. The officials of these units have rescued several victims of human trafficking from different places including Goa, Mumbai, Haryana and Delhi.

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