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Goa emerging as market for flesh trade: report

NT NETWORK

Panaji

Goa has been emerging as a “market” for flesh trade due to demand for sexual services. Girls and women are trafficked to Goa from 23 states of India and from eight countries, a report by an NGO has claimed.   

The governments (in Goa as well as the states from where the women and girls are trafficked) need to make combating human trafficking a priority and devote sufficient funds and resources towards it, said the report prepared by NGO ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi).

The report is the outcome of a two-day programme called ‘source-destination consultation to combat human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation’.

The programme was held in September by ARZ in collaboration with the department of women and child development.

The report consists of key outcomes of the seminar: the challenges faced and solutions proposed to curb human trafficking for flesh trade.

“The report will be submitted to the governments in the source states, the central government and also the Goa government,” said ARZ director Arun Pandey.

A lot needs to be done to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in terms of use of cutting-edge technology, dealing with cyber crime, conducting DNA testing and financial investigations, use of CCTV, facial recognition etc,  the report has said. 

There is a need for coordination between the law enforcement agencies in Goa and the states from where the women and girls and trafficked.   

Joint strategies should be adopted by the agencies in the source states and Goa for prevention, protection and rehabilitation of the victims and prosecution of the traffickers, the report has emphasised.

Referring to one of the challenges, the report has said that trafficking happens across state and national borders involving a big organised network which is highly dependent on the earnings of the victims.

“The modus operandi of the traffickers is a problem. The anonymity of traffickers, where much of the trafficking is across states and is through online and social media, makes it difficult to identify and apprehend the main perpetrators. It is only the local pimps who get arrested,” the report has observed.

The report has also mentioned that lack of livelihood options in the source states is a key reason why girls are vulnerable to being trafficked.

“Creation of employment opportunities by the government, vocational skill training, focus and incentives on education are some of the ways to economically empower families and prevent trafficking of girls and women,” the report has emphasised.

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