Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. Victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is an enormous criminal industry that denies freedom to thousands of people in the country.
‘Protection and Safety’ (P&S) has been among the core domains of the four pillared integrated approach for grassroots intervention. Preventing and reducing child abuse, gender based violence and HT through proactive and response mechanism constitute the specifics under the P&S domain. It is well known that the police and armed forces comprise an extremely important stakeholder groups in combating the menace of human trafficking and child sexual abuse.
FXBIS has entered into an MoU with the Madhya Pradesh Police and the MP Police Academy to conduct trainings for their forces on human trafficking and child protection. FXBIS will soon be carrying out sensitisation workshops under the ‘Suraksha Sustainable Learning Programme’ in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
FXBIS has been conducting similar trainings to effectively combat human trafficking for the police and paramilitary forces in states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur (Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh) since 2018, with support from the British High Commission. The main objective of these trainings was to enable proactive and efficient law enforcement responses and intervention to combat human trafficking. The provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 along with The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 were discussed.
This project was implemented for around 9 months; 638 Police officials including paramilitary forces (Assam Rifles) were trained in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Manipur. The training programmes received appreciation from participants as well as Senior officials. Pre-Post Tests were conducted during the training programme which helped in accessing the training programme. A difference in the knowledge around the issue especially on relevant laws could be assessed through the Pre-Post Tests. The reports highly recommend for the need of continued support and training of the ground level officials for strengthening mechanisms at the ground and leading to effective investigations and responses in order to break the organized crime.
Recognising potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.The effectiveness of the training sessions can be measured by the fact that the FXBIS team is regularly contacted by police officials who were part of the training programs across the three states for suggestions in effective interventions in handling cases of human trafficking especially in terms of handling cases of children. Also, we are regularly receiving requests from the senior officials for more such training programmes for law enforcement agencies.