‘Strong laws, exemplary action needed to tackle human trafficking in Odisha’

Bhubaneswar: While Odisha is witnessing a rise in human trafficking cases in the recent years, experts believe that strong laws and exemplary action will act as deterrent and stop the menace.

The suggestion for strong laws and exemplary action came up at a state-level seminar on human trafficking organised by the Odisha Crime Branch in Bhubaneswar today. The state-level seminar witnessed suggestions from all quarters. The suggestions included better coordination between Women and Child Development Department and the Police, proper investigation of cases, stronger laws, exemplary action, rehabilitation of the rescued children and proper research.

Governor Ganeshi Lal said “I say these elements who promote human trafficking must be wiped out from the surface of the earth. In one way or the other, the Modus Operandi can be different but they should not be spared.”

Police DG RP Sharma said “The incidents of human trafficking is high is certain areas of Odisha. More sensitisation among all stakeholders including the police is required.”

“It is sad that Odisha is one of the worst-affected states,” said Sunita Krishnan, a social activist.

According to statistics, 81 cases of human trafficking were registered in Odisha in 2015, 110 in 2016 and 63 in 2017. Police department claimed that the missing persons are being rescued and brought back through Operation Smile and Operation Muskan.