National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman K G Balakrishnan and Korean Institute of Gender Equality professor Kim Haing on Friday inaugurated a three-day international conference on human trafficking at the Campus Law center, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
The NHRC chairman said over 2.8 million people were trafficked every year for commercial sexual exploitation, with over 12.6 million children employed in hazardous labour in India. Further, Balakrishnan referred to the Criminal Law amendment of 2013, and said there were “ample laws” to tackle issues of trafficking and sexual violence, but “it is for the enforcing authorities to see how to enforce it”.
“There is need to focus on different challenges and create a strategic plan to tackle human trafficking,” he said.
Professor Haing emphasised the need for international cooperation and stricter laws to tackle the widespread problem of slavery and trafficking. “China and India are showing magnificent economic growth and waging war against poverty and corruption. But the trafficking problem is as important as corruption for the development of a nation,” she said.