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Aizawl, May 14, 2019:

In a sensational incident, the Mizoram police have rescued 23 trafficked girls from the State. The girls were subsequently returned to their country of origin, Nepal.

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The trafficked girls were handed over at the border transit of Kakarbhitt at Siliguri in West Bengal, police said on Tuesday.

The Mizoram police, along with numerous social welfare groups ensured that the victims were handed over to the officials of Nepal’s ministry of women and child development.

It may be mentioned that the girls were rescued at Champhi area along the Indo-Myanmar border on May 24.

The Mizoram Government has stated that Mizoram has become a safe passage for human trafficking victims brought from the neighboring countries meant to be sent to the mainland India.

Moreover, 20 Rohingya Muslims (originally from Myanmar) were rescued in Mizoram during the past three weeks. 

A middleman and a woman were arrested in connection with the trafficking of the Nepali and Rohingyas, police said.

The human traffickers are reportedly using the route via Myanmar to traffic young girls and boys to the Gulf and Southeast Asian countries, said the official.

Northeast India tops the list when it comes to recording highest rates of human trafficking in India and most vulnerable area in the country.

While man are trafficked for body organ trade, women and girls are trafficked by agents through false promises of jobs, marriage, better living standards and subjected them to diversified forms of exploitation such as prostitution, servitude etc.

Assam has emerged as the trafficking hub of the country, with 1494 cases, the state accounts for 22% of the total reported cases of trafficking across India says a report released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2015. This shows rampant growth in child abuse and child rights violation cases in Northeast India.

The state also has the highest number of child trafficking (1317) cases, which account for 38% of the national figure.

However, this data can be regarded as only the tip of the iceberg. In the recent years, the police have made several arrests in relation to human trafficking cases.

Frequent disasters both natural and human made, unemployment, distressed migration and Human Trafficking, Child rights violation, Conflicts etc. are the fast-emerging issues in the North-East Region.

Among the states of Northeast, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal have become hotspots of Human Trafficking and are often in the limelight.

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