New Delhi, Jan 4: To keep tab on human trafficking and abductions across the country, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up an anti-human trafficking unit, a statement said Wednesday.
‘The special unit will be responsible for collecting, collating and analysing data on kidnapping and abduction of people from all over India,’ said the CBI statement.
‘It will also develop actionable intelligence to conduct operations against gangs involved in trafficking, especially of children and women for the purpose of exploitation such as beggary and prostitution,’ it added.
According to the federal investigative agency, the unit would also liaise with NGOs involved in the field.
‘Those having any information on such gangs can complain on our helpline number 011-24368638. If the complaint leads to the arrest of the culprits, the complainant would be rewarded with up to Rs.200,000,’ said the statement.
Meanwhile, the government has already designated all CBI officers of the rank of inspector and above as ‘trafficking police officers’ to investigate cases.
‘The officers would exercise the powers of investigation under the ‘Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956′ and other laws dealing with sexual exploitation of people,’ it said.