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Human Trafficking Rising in Manipur

Human trafficking, particularly child trafficking, has been on the rise in Manipur though it largely remained elusive from the public domain. The alarming rate is evident as altogether 58 reported cases of child trafficking have been recorded within first six months of the current year. It is learnt that from 2013 to June 2016, 62 cases of child trafficking were recorded.

Jimmy Levion

Sometimes mere statistics can tell a story. In the month of February 2016 alone, 29 children of Churchandpur, Ukhrul and Imphal were reportedly rescued from Meghalaya. In April, 17 children from Sugnu, Thoubal district were intercepted by Sekmai police along the National Highway 102 (Imphal-Dimapur road), who were on their way to Tamil Nadu and in June 12 children from Churachandpur district were reportedly rescued from Tamil Nadu.

Amidst the growing concern of child trafficking in the state, Kerala has intimated to Manipur Government to conduct verification of 20 Muslim children from the state currently staying at an orphanage home in Calicut. This has emerged in the wake of the report of 21 children rescued from Tulihal Airport by the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) and eight children from Kolkata Airport by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Kolkata in mid July.

Under the new policy it has become mandatory for the state of Kerala to conduct verification of children under the custody of any children home. Subsequently, the state of Kerala has sent a written intimation on May 10, 2016. Of the total 20 children in Calicut, 12 children are informed to be from Imphal East district, seven are from Thoubal and one from Imphal West. The children have been staying at the orphanage home since 2011, left the state without giving any information to their respective Child Welfare Committee (CWC) or the Manipur Commission for Protection

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