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Ranchi, Oct. 29: With about one lakh children from the state becoming victims of human trafficking since its formation, United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) has decided to include Jharkhand in its list of states plagued by the menace.

The organisation will now join hands with the state government to address human trafficking issues by planning and implementing programmes together.

The decision was taken at a daylong meeting on trafficking at State Women’s Commission office today. Apart from Unifem’s adviser Mandira Dutta, additional director-general of police (CID) G.S. Rath, state labour commissioner Aradhana Patnaik and IG (organised crime) Anurag Gupta were present at the meeting along with officials of the social welfare department. Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children, an NGO, was represented by its state coordinator Sanjay Mishra.

Hemlata S. Mohan, the new chairperson of State Women’s Commission, said they had urged Unifem to give special attention to Jharkhand considering its high rate of trafficking victims. She also expressed happiness that the state government had come forward to curb the menace.

The state labour commissioner said Unifem would embark on anti-trafficking projects in the state. “Unifem officials had conducted surveys to find out the names of districts where trafficking is rampant. They are Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Latehar, Sahebganj and Pakur. We added the names of Ranchi and Khunti,” Patnaik said.

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