A special android app has been launched in the form of a comic strip that tells the stories of superheroes fighting against human trafficking. The app — “Web of Deceit – A missing and trafficking casefile” — allows people to interact on the important facts of trafficking, including the roles of those involved with it.
The app was developed jointly by the NGOs, Missing Link Trust (MLT) and International Justice Mission (IJM). Calcutta High Court justice Shampa Sarkar and Joint CP (organization) Neeloo Sherpa Chakraborty, along with actor Rituparna Sengupta, were present during the launch of the app on Sunday — National Girl Child Day.
The contents of the comic strip have been developed to ensure that people know how to report crimes, especially those committed against women and children. The comic strip that also teaches one about how the prosecution of a trafficker or exploiter takes place has been created as a tool to make people aware of the dynamic nature of trafficking. Best practices, judgements on key issues and phone numbers have been provided in the app.
“The app aims at helping those who need our support and encouragement to fight against human trafficking,” said Justice Sarkar.
“Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world, besides narcotics and arms trafficking. Fear of arrest and conviction are two deterring factors in this regard. The comic strip can reach to many people through the digital medium,” said Neeloo.
“Trafficking is no longer confined to the rural population. Any one living next to you can be a victim of trafficking. People often do not open up because of the social stigma attached to a trafficked person. Hence, we are trying to address the problem so that people can identify human trafficking,” said Leena Kejriwal, founder and director, MLT. “We are elated to launch the interactive digital comic strip. We hope that many people will be able to identify the deceit hidden in the web,” said Saji Philip, director (operations, east) of IJM.