NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma on September 28 said that young girls from the Northeast states are being lured to big cities with fake job opportunities and then pushed into the flesh trade.

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Speaking at a regional level consultation on “Combating human trafficking in NER” which was organised in collaboration with the Meghalaya State Women Commission in Shillong, Rekha Sharma said girls from the Northeast are being lured to places such as New Delhi, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra with false promises of lucrative jobs.

However, many of these girls land up in parlours and other shady places and are pushed into the flesh trade, she said.

Sharma said the women commission of these states needs to collaborate with their counterparts in the Northeast so that such trafficking could be stopped.

“Some of these traffickers have good networking skills and are digitally well connected. To outsmart these traffickers, steps need to be taken together with all the stakeholders involved in this fight against human trafficking,” the NCW chairperson asserted.

Outlining some of the steps, Sharma said some of the police are not sensitised about human trafficking which needs to be addressed.

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The NCW chairperson also suggested that schools and colleges students should also be sensitized on this important issue and further suggested the formation of young student groups to alert police about possible leads in such cases.

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