Launch of Umeed by International Justice Mission

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Human trafficking is a violent form of sexual or physical exploitation where vulnerable people are abused for another’s economic gain. It is the fastest-growing organised crime and the second largest illegal trade in the world. The crime of sexual

exploitation is heinous destruction of human liberty, where vulnerable, often poor, individuals are denied control over their own bodies and dignity. A book on 50 convictions in sex trafficking cases inherited by International Justice Mission (IJM), titled Umeed, was launched in Kolkata. The launched was attended by Dr Shashi Panja, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Child and Women Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal. This book will help the readers to understand the findings from the judgements passed by various Trial Courts resulting from actions taken by law enforcement agencies in human trafficking cases in the period of 2007 to 2016. In all these cases,

IJM Kolkata assisted the public justice system such as the police agencies, prosecution, and social services who have played a major role throughout a case, from the rescue operations to the prosecution of the case in the Learned Courts, leading to judgements in those cases. Saptarshi Biswas, Director of Legal Solutions, International Justice Mission (IJM), Kolkata said that International Justice Mission, Kolkata, has been assisting the West Bengal State Government, Judiciary and Civil Society Organisations to expose and wound the illegal business of perpetrators that prey on the lives of vulnerable children and women. One of the sterling successes of the State has been the high rate of convictions against criminals involved in the trafficking of minors. It is due to the courage of the prosecutors and sensitivity of the courts that more than 50 convictions have resulted in cases where IJM has assisted the local authorities to ensure that the due process of law is upheld.

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu

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