Money laun­der­ing act


The Union Home Sec­re­tary Anil Goswami has called upon law en­forc­ing agencies for greater co­or­di­na­tion and ef­fec­tive util­i­sa­tion of the re­cent amend­ment in the Crim­i­nal Amend­ment Act, 2013 and pro­vi­sions of the Money Laun­der­ing Act to crack down upon ram­pant hu­man-traf­fick­ing. Ad­dress­ing the 18th re­view meet­ing of States/UTs Nodal of­fi­cers on Anti-Hu­man Traf­fick­ing in New Delhi, he said the law en­force­ment re­sponse is still not ad­e­quate to deal with the men­ace.

The Home Sec­re­tary said op­ti­mum use must be made of the Crim­i­nal Amend­ment Act of 2013. “All ef­forts should be made to gen­er­ate aware­ness about this new pro­vi­sion to po­lice per­son­nel through train­ing.”

Goswami said In­dia has rat­i­fied var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional agree­ments to check hu­man-traf­fick­ing in­clud­ing the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on Transna­tional Or­gan­ised Crime (UNTOC) and SAARC Con­ven­tion on Traf­fick­ing in Women and Chil­dren be­sides the bi­lat­eral mech­a­nism with Bangladesh, as yet hu­man-traf­fick­ing is ram­pant across in­ter­na­tional borders with Bangladesh and Nepal. “De­spite or­ga­nized gangs of traf­fick­ers are in­volved in cross bor­der traf­fick­ing with Bangladesh and Nepal, there are hardly any cases of suc­cess­ful in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prose­cu­tion which can cre­ate a de­ter­rence and fear of law in the minds of the crim­i­nals,” he said.

He called for more co­or­di­na­tion and syn­ergy among var­i­ous agencies in­clud­ing the bor­der guard­ing forces, com­mis­sions like the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women (NCW), Na­tional Com­mis­sion for the Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (NCPCR) and Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) and the state law en­forc­ing agencies to deal with the men­ace.

The Union Home Sec­re­tary said 100 more Anti-Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Units (AHTUs) will be set up across the coun­try dur­ing this fi­nan­cial year, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of AHTUs to 325. Since their es­tab­lish­ment in the year 2011, AHTUs have con­ducted more than 4,000 res­cue op­er­a­tions through the coun­try, res­cu­ing 13,742 vic­tims and ar­rest­ing 7,087 traf­fick­ers.

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