A Practical Approach Towards Human Trafficking

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.Group exercise on practices followed while dealing with vicitm of human traffickng

‘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.Training of newly recruited contables at police training academy Meerut,UP

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.

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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.

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Solace Amidst the Agrarian Crisis

India is a country built on the sweat and toil of its farmers. The range and expanse of agricultural produce are exhaustingly vast, and agriculture, to date, remains the mainstay of the Indian economy. It is not an exaggeration to call farmers the backbone of the nation.

 

FXBIS beneficiary small & marginalised farmers in high-yielding SRI cultivation, Kamrup (Assam)

Assam is one amongst many states in India, which is fundamentally based on agriculture. Over 70 percent of the state’s population rely on agriculture as farmers, as agricultural laborers, or both for their livelihood. Agricultural markets in Assam are under-developed. Geographical isolation, weak transportation and communication systems, poor marketing facilities, poor or non-existent market intelligence (e.g., information on price and place to sell) are some of the principal factors deterring farmers from earning a reasonable income. While most of the brokers/buyers have access to modern communication facilities such as telephone and regular and timely market reports, farmers in Assam are many years away from having such facilities to gauge the market and sell accordingly.ARC - DarrangTo aid farmers through such problems, FXBIS’ team in the three remote villages – Dipila, Dahinagoan and Khataniapara, namely, of Darrang district in Assam built farmer support groups with the name ‘Farmer Clubs’. FXBIS gathered a group of small and marginal farmers (with shared interest in agriculture) from the same village and motivated them on benefits of collective business. FXBIS has formed 6 farmers’ clubs with 120 farmers (i.e. 20 farmers in each club) as members in 3 villages through execution of ‘Association of Persons’ agreement among the farmers. The main objective of these clubs is to improve the methods and returns on current farming practices and connect them with government schemes for their benefit.

FXBIS has facilitated trainings for the members to give them exposure to new farming methods, tools, crop varieties, online marketing and government schemes. In addition, FXBIS has developed a very productive partnership with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) – an in-house ICAR programme aimed at promoting best practises amongst small and marginal farmers. The KVKs were approached for leveraging benefits for farmers of these farmer clubs. In collaboration with FXBIS, KVK Mangaldoi initiated seed cluster demonstration programme in 7.5 bigha land in the Kathaniapara.a

To aid in the advancement of agriculture and provide opportunity to the farmers to meet, learn and access agricultural tools and equipment within the village, FXBIS has created a facility called AGRICULTURE RESOURCE CENTREs (ARCs) in all 3 project villages. The ARCs serve as a common platform for farmers to share their experiences, learn from one another, interact with officials from departments of agriculture, animal husbandry, the KVK. The ARCs are in the process of digitised (2 ARCs have already been converted to digital ARCs), so that the farmers in these remote locations get updated on the prevailing market prices.

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India’s soul resides in her villages and agriculture still sustains most of our rural populace. The least we can do as a country is to give the farmers what is rightfully theirs and not let their agitations go unnoticed. The interventions in Darrang are a humble contribution from FXBIS to catalyse farmers’ wheel of progress, especially for the marginal farmers. FXBIS’ philosophy to co-create (with communities), connect (the communities with benefit schemes) and converge (bringing the State and NGOs together for a mindful purpose) has borne fruit in the 3 villages of the district. Similar programmes are being run in another district – Kamrup in Assam, and Ri-bhoi district in Meghalaya.

A ‘POCKET FULL OF DREAMS’

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhaust, never fears and never regrets.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

Amidst the dark, dingy and dimly lit alleys, you may find the voices of some kids soaring higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. Among these dreamers is a ten years old girl, named Sandhya, who is an impressive dancer and aspires to nurture others who have10 found their rhythm matching hers.

This summer, a workshop organised by FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) is providing an avenue to kids like Sandhya to help them realise their calibre and achieve their potential. An example of effective shared narrative in the development sector, FXBIS’ partnership with RGF since 2015, has impacted over 120 children and adolescents to nurture their deep yet vulnerable minds and create strong personalities.

The “Wonderoom”, initiated by RGF to inculcate the interest of reading and other skills such as theatre. This was a three-week long hands-on workshop held in the slums of Noida, Sector 16. 30 children within age-group 6-12 years came each day to the ‘Suraksha Education Centre’ (which is otherwise used for providing tutorial assistance to these children) for the first half of the day for theatre training, puppet making, poster making and other such activities.

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Within the camp setting, children developed a sense of independence as they tried new adventures with friends, supported by a team of resource people specialising in theatre, public speaking and photography. The workshop this year was held literally at the kids’ door step (i.e. their place of residence) in order to facilitate increased participation from  children. Parents felt reassured of their kids’ safety due to the close proximity.  

 

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The twenty-one days of intense engagement through activities, the children developed a variety of social skills – communication, conflict resolution, team work, decision making and leadership qualities to count a few. They commented on overcoming their own insecurities related to self-esteem and peer recognition. The workshop activities brought out their hidden talents and lead them to think as creatively as possible and embrace the value of discipline.

Kids like Sandhya greatly benefited from the ‘Wonderoom Summer Workshop’ to dream big. They said they no longer felt caged in their thinking since the workshop provided a space to explore newer concepts and ideas. A few have expressed a desire to continue with theatre for the entire year.

Children want the same things as we want; to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted. It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.

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