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Menace of human trafficking on the rise during Covid-19...


Ankur Bhattacharya  

Kolkata, 28 July (HS) A panel of eminent speakers and long time activists against the menace of human trafficking will share their experience and views on the recent rise in this illegal trade in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic taking full advantage of the alleged lackadaisical attitudes of various state governments and concerned agencies in the present critical time.


Participating in a live Facebook conversation on July 31, organised by the American Centre of the US Consulate in the city, the speakers would share their experiences on how frontline heroes have stepped up their efforts to combat the increasing number of human trafficking during the ongoing pandemic. 

Apart from sharing their experiences, they would also try to build mass consciousness among all sections of people against the growing menace of human trafficking and seek advice and give suggestions from the common people on how they could contribute their bits to help prevent the country's second largest illegal trade after heroin, once and for all.

While US Consul General in the city Patti Hoffman would set the tone about the gravity of the present situation on the issue with her opening remarks, among those who would take part in the live conversation are Surendra Kumar, Inspector General of Police, CID, Assam, Dipika Pandey Singh, MLA in Jharkhand and a leading activist against human trafficking, Ananya Chakraborty, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Gargi Saha, Child Protection Officer UNICEF and Siddharth Pandey, Senior journalist who has written several stories on child trafficking. 

According to a rough estimate over 10,000 girls and children are victims of human trafficking in the country every year with their number growing by at least 10 to 12 per cent during the current pandemic for various reasons including  the drastic cut in family income among the poor and the downtrodden.

Hindusthan Samachar