Anti-human trafficking awareness program held at Tura

Tura, Feb 26: In a bid to address the growing menace of human trafficking in Garo Hills, Impulse NGO Network in collaboration with Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute (MATI) and sponsored by Church’s Auxilliary for Social Action held awareness programs at Tura, West Garo Hills on Feb 25th and 26th and the program is set to continue today.

According to the organisers, the concept behind these programmes was identified after a ‘Need Assessment Study’ was done by Impulse NGO Network on initiating Anti-Human Trafficking activities in Garo Hills District.

They stated that poverty and unemployment coupled with growing violence against women and children, shortage of health facilities and education, and lack of implementation of government schemes can trigger cases of human trafficking in the absence of intervention programmes by the State and NGOs.

Speaking during the district level workshop on capacity building to address human trafficking cases on Wednesday, Hasina Kharbhih, Chairperson of INGON briefed participants on how the Impulse model took off. ‘The method encourages and engages key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to work together to combat human trafficking.’

Lesehu Meru, Regional Co-ordinator of CASA, touched on reasons for the increase in human trafficking and how their partnership with Impulse NGO network has helped them deal with cases of Human Trafficking.

Meanwhile, Ivyreen Warjri, Assistant Director of MATI, emphasized on the need for an open door policy for the youths and the community to interact and share information on various social ills. ‘In West Jaintia hills, what we learnt is that minor girls are being lured into such activities by being offered luxurious lifestyle, and many young people are lured through various social media platforms not realising that they are being cyber stalked.’

The program was also attended by Anurag Kumar, DIGP (Western Range, Meghalaya Police) who acknowledged the need for anti-human trafficking programmes in today’s generation and how to combat it. A Special key note was also delivered by Sonam Tenzing Bhutia, DIGP-Range, Sikkim Police who discussed in detail about the cases that he has intervened.

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