The anti-trafficking Bill as and when passed by the Rajya Sabha will go a long way in combating the serious social problem of human trafficking, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights member P. Padmalatha said on Monday.
Speaking at a rally led, among others by Prakasam District Legal Services Authority Secretary and Senior Civil Judge T. Raja Venkatadri, on the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons from Prakasam Bhavan to the Addanki Bus Stand Centre here, she said that the victims of trafficking no longer need to languish in silence as the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill focussed on ensuring relief and rehabilitation of the rescued persons as a matter of right.
State Women’s Commission member T. Ramadevi underscored the need for early trial in all cases of human trafficking and deterrent punishment to the offenders. “The conviction rate in such cases should go up to instil fear in the minds of the offenders on their prosecution,” she said.
Mr. Raja Venkatadri said all departments concerned should work in close cooperation along with the NGOs to put an end to the social menace.
Human chain formed
Social activists led by NGO HELP district coordinator K. Ramesh formed a human chain and vowed to contribute their mite in combating trafficking and also provide succour to the victims.
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