Law enforcement agencies play a central role in preventing and combating human trafficking. However, this criminal activity is continually evolving, incredibly complex and difficult to dismantle, as organizations constantly change the way they operate, thus making the work of the police all the more difficult.
Skills empowerment and raising awareness
In close collaboration with the State Police Department, Training Academies in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradeshy and Assam Rifles in Manipur, FXB India Suraksha is working to strengthen the skills of law enforcement officers including Police and paramilitary forces to detect effectively and protect potential victims of trafficking, capacitate investigation skills and help victims seek justic from the judicial system. Human Trafficking and child protection laws are the core of the training activities. It also aims to raise awareness regarding issues related to corruption, gender and abusive behaviour and practices against women and children, and to encourage them to put human rights and the care for victims at the core of their approach.
Recently launched in the summer of 2019, an integral part of the training project is to educate under-trainee constables with the indepth knowledge of issues and the country’s laws pertaining to human trafficking, child sexual abuse, constitutional Acts, such as Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. All the corresponding ‘Standing Operating Procedures’, guidelines and court orders issued are also included in the trainings to deepen the understanding on the twin malaise of human trafficking and violence on children. The first phase of the training programme was conducted in the Police Training Schools in Rewa, Indore and Umaria of the country’s second largest state, Madhya Pradesh. Above 1900 newly recruited trainee constables, including women constables, were trained in the three trainings conducted.