City Police personnel would be sensitised to host of aspects connected with human trafficking, issues relating to it and the ways to combat the crime at a two-day workshop on “combating trafficking in human beings” that commenced here on Tuesday.

In addition to law enforcers also attached with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), representatives of non-governmental organisations are also taking part in the workshop that is being conducted by the Crime Branch CID, Chennai.

Recent trends in trafficking, prevention of trafficking of women and children, concept and dimension of human trafficking, sexual violence against children and women, child rights and child in need of care and protection, Juvenile Justice Act, investigation techniques, rescue process and post rescue process and rehabilitation besides significance of Child Welfare Committees and AHTUs constitute the range of topics to be covered during the course of the programme.

At a time when agents and touts were adopting different methods for trafficking women and children, it was imperative for the law enforcers to formulate good techniques to check this serious crime, Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav said inaugurating the programme at the Commissionerate.

Stating that trafficking of women, labourers and children to other countries and within the country were the two dimensions of the human trafficking issue, Mr.Yadav said many women landed in the net due to poverty and with no sufficient livelihood.

The touts involved in this were becoming smarter these days and manage to carry out trafficking of women and children through network of their own without physically coming to a locality, he said.

There have been instances where women had been kidnapped and sold to brothel and children lifted and engaged in bonded labour. The AHTUs were constituted to prevent and combat trafficking by networking with non-governmental organisations, he said.

Rapid prosecution, formulation of a good plan for investigation and good use of forensic investigation were all required for the law enforcers while dealing with such cases. The AHTU of city police had detected 17 cases relating to trafficking of different kinds since its formation in February 2011.

R.Raja Srinivas, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Anti Trafficking Cell, CB-CID, Chennai said a child welfare officer in the rank of either head constable or sub inspector had been nominated in every police station.

The objective of the two-day workshop was to sensitise the police personnel attached to the AHTU to their duties and responsibilities and issues connected with all kinds of human trafficking and the ways to combat the crime, he added.