Monday, April 4, 2011
Police told to crack down on human trafficking
Hydrabad (India) Sunday, 3 April 2011
Andhra Pradesh tops in human trafficking which in turn is spreading the deadly HIV and the police have to play an active role in checking the trafficking, additional commissioner of police (Traffic) CV Anand has said. He was speaking at the police sensitisation programme on HIV/Aids jointly organised by the state police and the AP State Aids Control Society here yesterday.
He exhorted police officials to curb trafficking in woman with an iron hand and spread awareness among the police personnel as well as the people.
“The Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act (1956) helps us to raid and arrest women, who are involved in running and luring the minors into the flesh trade.
After paying a fine, these women are released and go back to the same trade. We have to coordinate with the media and the health department to provide proper medical assistance to them,’’ Anand said. He called upon the police officials to strictly enforce the Act.
Police personnel and the people should not look down upon or discriminate against persons with HIV-AIDS. He directed the police personnel to take stern action against persons resorting to trafficking in women and organisers of brothel houses. Joint commissioner of police (administration) Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagawat said they have trained as many as 4,800 policemen in the state to prevent human trafficking. He said they would develop core trainers to work on the issue.Kailashditya, joint director, AP State Aids Control Society, speaking on the occasion said the state also tops in HIV positive cases in the country.