Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): At least 22 human trafficking cases have been registered and 47 people arrested under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act in Mizoram in the last 18 years.
CID (crime) branch police said at least 35 people were victims of human trafficking from 2000 to 2017 and 47 people were arrested in connection with this crime during the same period.
“Forced prostitution accounted for the highest number of human trafficking cases in the state,” the record said.
In a recent incident, police said three girls from Mizoram, who were trafficked allegedly for flesh trade, were rescued from Goa by the joint team of Mizoram Police and Goa Police in 2010. Three accused, including two women from Mizoram were arrested.
In 2011, Mizoram Police team led by Joseph Lalchhuana, SP, CID (crime) rescued four Mizoram girls who were being forced into prostitution in Mumbai. Two accused were arrested in the case.The police said one of the girls hailed from Mizoram-Assam border town of Vairengte and the other three were from Lunglei district.
All four were lured into going to Mumbai by a Mizo girl by the name of Zodingliani (27), and her non-tribal accomplice, Shodit Hasta Thapa (28). The duo promised the girls jobs in massage and beauty parlours. Once they reached there, the girls realized they had been duped. Instead of getting them jobs at parlours, Zodingliani sold them as commercial sex workers, police said.
In the same year, a teenager was rescued from Haryana by the Mizoram Police and their Haryana counterpart. Initially, the girl was lured into going to Haryana as a housewife, but was later sold into forced prostitution. Six people all belonging to non-tribal community were arrested for their alleged involvement in the crime.
Police records also said that two youths from Mizoram, hired for bonded labour, were rescued from a remote village in Tamil Nadu in 2015.
In 2016, the Delhi Police and the Mizoram Police arrested two women for allegedly trafficking two teenagers from Mizoram. The two women had taken the two girls, both aged around 15 to New Delhi under the pretext of offering lucrative jobs.
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Again in the same year, one trafficker was arrested along with his accomplice by in Aizawl for allegedly selling call girls on social networking sites.
Recently, a Rohingya Muslim from neighbouring Myanmar was arrested at Vaiphai village in southern Mizoram’s Champhai district for allegedly trafficking innocent girls, police also said.
A study conducted by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in recent years revealed that human trafficking is very much active in Mizoram despite several steps taken by the state government.
The report said that traffickers employ agents and have accomplices in rural areas and lured in innocent girls from rural villages and from Myanmar by promising them lucrative jobs outside the state.