#ShortNews: Caritas India has rescued over 140 people from human trafficking

According to Indian government statistics, 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016. Nonetheless, even the official figures indicated that the problem is getting worse as this constituted a 20 percent increase on 2015.

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by threats or force for the purpose of exploitation. The definition includes the provision of money or benefits to obtain the consent of a person to exploit somebody under their control.

Assistant director Father Jolly Puthenpura said that since then the Catholic social services organization has initiated an anti-trafficking program in 75 villages in the north-eastern Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. He said Caritas India, through collaborative interventions, has so far rescued 141 people, repatriated 69 and rehabilitated 72 others.

Christian leaders active in this field stress that awareness building needs to be carried out in tandem with poverty reduction. According to official government figures, nearly a quarter of India’s 1.2 billion people are poor or very poor.

Read some of the victims’ stories here; https://www.ucanews.com/news/indian-catholics-vs-human-traffickers/85483

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