Meeting on Strategic planning on Combating Human Trafficking held at Gulbarga: Vimukti Pothnal

On 16th and 17th October, 2017 Vimukti with the collaboration of likeminded NGOs came together for the strategic planning on combating human trafficking at Kripalya Bishop’s house Gulbarga. Since Karnataka is turning out to be a hotspot of human trafficking, reporting the third highest number of cases in the country during 2013-17. Home ministry data says 1,379 human trafficking cases were reported from Karnataka in the five-year period. Human traffickers find a fitting breeding ground in the fast-growing southern metros, luring victims with huge salaries and better lifestyles. A sizeable chunk of trafficking victims, migrant labourers in particular, are often forced into sex work. Recent raids led to the rescue of over 300 bonded labourers in Bangalore. NGO and government officials say this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The resource person Mr. Anthony C. Mudola said, Bangalore has become a human trafficking hub over the years, and many of the victims are children. "Many rescued children brought to our care centres were made to work under inhuman conditions in factories and sweatshops across the city". NGOs representatives felt there's a immediate need to sensitize officials and public awareness to be created in this regard, at the end of the training pledge was taken “if necessary I will give all my tomorrows for one child’s today”. We all have said we will protect and save children in our locality; hence we can join hands in this global fight to put an end to human trafficking.

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