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Focus on human trafficking

Ranchi, July 26: Jharkhand is one of the worst affected states in terms of human trafficking and needs effective policies to curb the menace, said Supreme Court Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya in Ranchi today.

Speaking at a daylong workshop on human trafficking organised by the Jharkhand Legal Services Authority, Mukhopadhaya stressed on the need for generating awareness and sensitivity. “Innocent women and children are lured with job promises to bigger cities and pushed into sex trade. The government should frame policies to stop trafficking,” the judge said.

Justice Mukhopadhaya added that a MHA report suggested that 11 states, including Jharkhand, did not report any incident of human trafficking in 2013, while only 13 convictions were recorded across the country in the year. The report underlines lack of awareness and the state’s apathy.

Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice R. Banumathi said economic backwardness and poor literacy rate were the factors promoting trafficking.