Training prog on AHTU held

YUPIA, 30 May: Officers in charge of police stations, along with police personnel, officials from the Oju Mission’s one-stop centre, and members of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) attended a training programme on the Papum Pare Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) here on Monday.

During the programme, which was organised by the APSCW with support from the Papum Pare police, APSCW Chairperson Kenjum Pakam said that AHTUs have been activated in various districts of the state, and effort would be made to establish such units in the “vulnerable pockets of the interstate cross-border post to check human trafficking.”

She said that the APSCW will conduct “training of trainers for AHTU across the state to create awareness on the subject.”

Additional Superintendent of Police Bomken Basar, who is also the supervising officer of the Papum Pare AHTU, made a presentation on “the legal provisions and coordination among all stakeholders to prevent human trafficking,” and elaborated the role and duties of police officers in human trafficking cases.

He informed that “human trafficking in the form of domestic helpers is very high in the state,” and added that the AHTU in the districts “will work on it.”

“Human trafficking, especially where girl child and minors are involved, is illegal, and in such cases the AHTU will take action against the offenders,” Basar said.

APSCW member Maya Pulu made a presentation on human trafficking and said that awareness generation from the grassroots level upwards is needed to sensitise the public to human trafficking.

Komna Moidam spoke on the roles and duties of the AHTUs, and informed that the “AHTU is established to effectively monitor and combat the cases related to human trafficking, especially women and children.”

APSCW Member Secretary Mabi Taipodia also spoke. (DIPRO)