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IWCF concerned by human trafficking in Manipur

DIMAPUR:The Indigenous Women and Children Foundation (IWCF) has expressed concern over human trafficking particularly involving the tribal areas of Manipur. The victims are mostly from the underprivileged rural villages in the tribal districts of Manipur. The worsening socio-economic condition as a result of conflict situation, poor governance, lack of employment opportunities and mis-carrying of welfare schemes could be attributed to the high rate of migration from the state including trafficking in human, the IWCF said in a press note.

It cited the case of a 23 year old woman named K Dangmei, a Rongmei Naga, from Churachandpur district who went to Singapore looking for job and ended up as a maid. The IWCF said that she was recruited by one Sam John, Director of the Business Associate Group (BAG). “Having being subjected to cruelty and ill treatment by her employer, and her personal security threatened, she decided to leave the job and return home to India,” the IWCF informed.

However, the family filed a case of theft against K. Dangmei, who was put under custody for more than one month. Finally, she was cleared of all charges and was able to return to Manipur.

The IWCF was made aware of the incident through the victim’s family, and submitted a representation to the Union Minister for External Affairs.

The IWCF has called for more stringent measures in combating human trafficking and urged all people to join the fight against this menace.

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