Human traffickers are using cyberspace to lure youth through chatting and fraudulent calls. (Image: Unsplash)
A Catholic bishop in northeast India has called for concerted efforts by the government and the public to end human trafficking, especially of young girls and boys into prostitution and as cheap domestic help.
“Human trafficking is rampant, especially of young girls from the region within the country and abroad,” said Bishop Thomas Pulloppillil of Bongaigoan in Assam.
“Traffickers mostly prey on girls from economically weaker sections, especially those living in poverty. Unless we make concerted efforts, the future of our youths is in danger and it will be a great disservice to them and also the nation.”
The National Crime Records Bureau in its 2015 report said Assam recorded 1,494 cases of human trafficking — close to 22 percent of trafficking cases in the country. The report also said 1,317 children were trafficked during the same period — almost 38 per cent of such cases reported in India.