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Response slow from US agencies: DGP
Staff Reporter

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - Director General of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta today said the law-enforcing agencies in the United States are often found dragging their feet when approached by investigators from Assam in connection with crimes committed through online platforms.

 “We are not getting the right kind response from the US-based law agencies or social media platforms like Facebook, headquartered in the United States,” Mahanta said. The Assam Police chief said that the US agencies, when approached, focus more on procedures, and a result things hardly get addressed.

The State police chief was speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural day of the anti-trafficking workshop ‘To Many – Ignite the Force’ being organised here by the US Consulate based in Kolkata and Shakti Vahini, an NGO.

Mahanta also said that the social media watch has to improve to ensure that no young girl is harmed by vested interest groups, which is currently happening in the State in a manner that is very threatening to society.

“Going by the statistics on crime against women, I must say that Assam Police has a Herculean task in hand,” he said, adding that human trafficking is an assault on basic human dignity.

Speaking on the occasion, American Center Kolkata Director Monica Shie said, “The US Consulate General Kolkata is committed to intensifying our efforts to end human trafficking through a year-round, multilateral approach that supports the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts through meaningful engagement with local governments, law enforcement, judiciary, civil society, the private sector, and trafficking survivors.”

Founder of Shakti Vahini Ravi Kant said, “Human trafficking is an organised crime and over the years it has grown in dimensions. The missing children data as reported by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

“It is important to make our children and youth aware of this problem so that they are aware of the designs of the traffickers and know of the various support mechanisms which are present.”

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