US Consulate General in Kolkata in collaboration with a city-based social enterprise along with the support of New Delhi-based NGO launched an awareness campaign "Be Alert, Raise Alarm #stophumantrafficking" today. US Consul General Craig Hall, West Bengal Minister of State for Women & Child Welfare Shashi Panja flagged off the anti-human trafficking caravan. Funded by the US government, the caravan will travel and cover 60 locations across 15 districts the West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand this month and April.
The caravan will also carry a travelling exhibition on ramifications of trafficking and ploys used by the traffickers, to build awareness. The campaign in the state is organised in partnership with the West Bengal State Child Protection Society (WBSCPS), West Bengal Police and NGOs to create awareness among the common people.? Interactive street plays, videos on human trafficking and survivor stories will be showcased during the campaign. At the district-level, half-day stakeholder engagement sessions will be organised with members of Panchayat, Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTU), District Child Protection Society (DCPS), District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and NGOs for sharing of effective practices in prevention as well as reintegration of survivors. The state police has taken an initiative - Swayangsiddha, to encourage youth-led action and partnership to combat human trafficking, under which Anti Human Trafficking (AHT) clubs are being formed.
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