Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (LocalWire): People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha, had organised a webinar on prevention of child trafficking in collaboration with Girls Advocacy Alliance on Sept 30.
Attended by 100 participants from across Odisha, one of the main speakers in the webinar was Director General of Prisons, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, IPS.
The webinar saw discussions on topics ranging from legislative initiatives, schemes and programmes promoted by the government in order to prevent child trafficking, to societal aspects which can help prevent the same including counseling for parents and children, strengthening of income levels of the lower rungs of the society and proper rehabilitation of victims.
“Awareness in parents and conscious efforts on promoting the same by government functionaries, child protection workforce and all stakeholders is essential for the prevention of child trafficking.
Allurement is the major strategy of criminals involved in trafficking, and COVID-19 has worsened the situation in this regard as it has caused greater involvement of children in social media.
Ensuring the safety of children can be done by creating awareness amongst them regarding online etiquette,” Upadhyay said.
“The society must work as a whole to provide equal opportunities to young girls.
Child marriage, which is a form of child trafficking must be dealt with severely,” said Mr. Subrat Kumar Panda, TDH, NL.