Dedicated facility to tackle trafficking up and running in Hubballi-Dharwad | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: As part of the initiative launched by the Union ministry of human affairs to clamp down on human trafficking, a dedicated wing to tackle the inhuman practice has been established in Hubballi-Dharwad.
The unit will, in addition to playing a proactive role to check trafficking, will coordinate with other police stations to rescue and protect past victims.
Hubballi-Dharwad police commissioner Labhu Ram confirmed that the exclusive wing, with its office at the suburban police station, had started operations. As many as six police personnel have been assigned to the exclusive wing, he said.
Ashok Chavan, inspector for the dedicated wing, said that their focus was on raising awareness about such crimes in schools and colleges. “No cases of human trafficking have been reported in Hubballi-Dharwad and we are appealing to the public to bring any such cases to our attention,” he said.
Cases wherein girls have been reported missing and have not been found after six months will be transferred to the anti-human trafficking wing. The dedicated unit will liaise with various NGOs and other organisations to help rescue those who may have fallen prey to trafficking rackets and subsequently rehabilitate them.
Veena Tonapi, retired principal of a law college, welcomed the move to establish a dedicated unit to tackle human trafficking.
“Timely intervention by police can help check trafficking cases and put an end to the operations of those running such rackets by sending them to jail. Recently, there has been a change in the modus operandi of those involved in the trafficking racket,” said Veena, calling on police to step up awareness among the public about the dedicated unit and the need to protect children from trafficking.

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