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High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

 

INDIA STATEMENT

By

H.E. Mr. Ajay Kumar Mishra

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India

 

Excellencies,

Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

 

 

At the outset, we thank the President of the General Assembly for organizing this High-Level Meeting and commend the adoption of 2021 Political Declaration on the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

 

India recognizes that human trafficking is a serious crime and accords high priority to combating trafficking. The Government of India is making continuous and concerted efforts to prevent and counter trafficking in persons.

 

India's anti-trafficking legislative framework is based on the bedrock of the Article 23 of the Constitution of India. With amendment of our Criminal Law in 2013, trafficking has been defined comprehensively and provisions have been made for stringent punishment for traffickers.

 

In 2019, the National Investigation Agency Act of 2008 was amended whereby the National Investigation Agency has been authorized to investigate cases of human trafficking.

 

A number of schemes focusing on rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of trafficking have been instituted by the Government of India which address specific areas which are victim centric.

 

   The Government of India in association with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), had initiated a multi-year project training for Law Enforcement Officers on human trafficking.

 

  The Government of India supports the State Governments to strengthen the institutional mechanism to combat Human Trafficking.    A national level communication platform - Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC) has been launched by the Government of India in March 2020 which facilitates dissemination of information about significant crimes, including human trafficking cases across the country, on real time basis, and enables effective inter-State coordination by Police officers.

 

Apart from having ratified the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organised Crime and its protocols, India has signed the SAARC Convention on Prevention and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution and has also signed bilateral Memoranda of Understanding for Prevention of Human Trafficking with several countries.

 

India is determined in combating the scourge of human trafficking and remains committed to extend cooperation to all Member States in preventing and countering human trafficking.

 

Thank you.