The annual report by the US state department on global trafficking praised Bengal, along with several other states, this year for playing an active role in setting up anti-human trafficking units in major police forces and ensuring trials in Pocso courts.
Certain court orders ensuring stringent punishment to traffickers were also praised. Last year, Bengal had a special mention for its Swayangsiddha project that was introduced to combat human trafficking and prevent child marriage.
The report mentioned about some NGOs’ good working relationships and effective coordination with local AHTU units. State police’s criminal investigation divisions also investigated human trafficking.
However, the report also criticised the state for some issues like lack of adequate compensation to victims and delay in ensuring punishment for traffickers. The report came at a time when at least four cases of human trafficking during lockdown and after Amphan were reported.
Source:Times of India