New Delhi: The Union government is contemplating setting up anti-trafficking cells in states and chalking out a national plan for stringent action against human trafficking in the country, home minister P Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Replying to a question on the issue, he said the government also proposes amendments in the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956 for providing stringent legal framework to effectively deal with the menace.
“The ministry for women and child development is piloting amendments in the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956 to enhance its scope for introducing stringent punishment against traffickers,” he said.
“Also, the home ministry has formed a nodal cell through which it is coordinating on matters relating to trafficking in human beings with other ministries and state governments,” Chidambaram said.
Noting that a bulk of human trafficking cases are directly related to women and girls, he said. Out of 4,087 cases in 2007 related to trafficking, 3,568 cases were concerned with immoral trafficking.
The minister said states should take steps to address social reasons behind immoral trafficking and the Centre could help them.