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Diocese of durgapur

Anti Human Trafficking Program

The Anti Human Trafficking Program was started in 2011 under the leadership of our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Probal Kanto Dutta. The program functions mainly in the North and South Dinajpur districts of West Bengal. These districts are both a source and a transit point for human trafficking, along with several other illegal activities. 

 

The districts are situated along the borders of Bangladesh which is a hub of human trafficking. It is a poor monsoon-agriculture-dependent area. The farmers generally migrate to other cities or grow marijuana to add to their income. 

How Do We Curb Trafficking

The Diocese works towards curbing trafficking through the 3-Ps method:

  • Prevention
  • Protection 
  • Prosecution

 

Prevention

  • Creating awareness is the foremost method used by the Diocese to fight the blight of human trafficking. Awareness camps are organised in schools, in villages and in different government centres to promote a better understanding of how trafficking occurs.
  • Awareness is created at different levels of the villages to create an understanding of human trafficking at levels o the society.
  • Parents are infomed about the benefits of educating their children in order to provide for them a better alternative in the future.
  • Awareness is raised on the evils of child marriage; moreover, the parents are warned to not give their daughters away in marriage to strangers.
  • The villagers are made aware about the different tactics used by traffickers.
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  • Providing alternate livelihood training and creating awareness about different government schemes that are allocated for the villagers is another way to prevent migration which often leads to trafficking
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Protection

  • The Diocese has built a Safe-House in Baldahura - ST. Michael's Safe Home - where it houses children and women who are survivors of trafficking or are at the risk of being trafficked.
  • The safe house was expanded in 2017 to house an additional 10 residents, bringing the total up to 20.
  • A new hostel, St. Michael's Hostel, Baramara, is being constructed to provide education to girls who have survived trafficking and children whose parents have been trafficked. The hostel will also host children who are at the risk of being trafficked.
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Prosecution

  • The AHT team helps victims lodge complaints with the police. The illiterate villages do not know about police procedures in case of filing missing reports; they are also intimidated by the police and unaware about legal prcedures. 
  • The team also builds networks with local legal and government agencies, like Child Line and District Legal Services Authority, to aid in the process of rescuing victims of trafficking and for bringing the perpetrators to justice.
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