MANDATE OF ANTI TRAFFICKING CELL
- The Ministry of Home Affairs has established an Anti Trafficking Cell to deal with matters relating to law enforcement response on Trafficking in human beings, excluding legislative, welfare and promotional aspects, which are subject matters of Department of Women & Child Development. The Cell provides suitable guidelines to the States/UTs from time to time for strengthening law enforcement response in tackling human trafficking. It also acts as an interface with other Ministries like Ministry of Women & Child Development, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ministry of Railways etc. to address the issues of human trafficking. The Anti Trafficking Cell also provides guidance and assistance to the State and UTs for holding State level conferences and Judicial Colloquiums with a view to sensitizing the concerned officers, including Police officers, Judicial officers and other stakeholders in the States and UTs about Human Trafficking. The Anti Trafficking cell is also responsible for signing bilateral /multilateral MoUs with various countries to address the issue of Human Trafficking and participation in national /international meetings/conferences.
STRENGTHENING LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE IN INDIA AGAINST TRAFFICKING
- ‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects and as such prevention of the crime of trafficking is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments. However, the Central Government supplements the efforts of State Governments by providing them advice and guidelines from time to time. The Government of India has also provided financial assistance to the States for setting up Anti-Human Trafficking Units at District level. A proposal for setting up and strengthening Anti Human Trafficking Units in all districts of States and UTs under ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ has been approved. The Government of India has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Bangladesh, UAE and Cambodia on prevention of Human Trafficking and has also ratified the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNCTOC) protocol on Prevention, Suppression and Punishment of Trafficking in Persons, particularly Women and Children.