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Police chief vows to crack down on human trafficking
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2 Feb 2007
Director General of Police M.A. Basith said on Friday that steps would be taken to make the State free from human trafficking and do it with assistance from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC). Talking to this correspondent over phone in the backdrop of notices issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to the State police over trafficking of Andhra women, Mr. Basith said the police has geared up to break the network of traffickers irrespective of the jurisdiction.
Mr. Basith said he already spoke to the Director Generals of Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and commissioners of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata for a coordination. Mr. Basith said, "We have already given directions to the police officers to invoke the AP Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug Offenders, Goondas Act of 1986 against the traffickers. History sheets will also be opened against the convicted traffickers as per the A P Police manual." Mr. Basith said three Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) were already set up in the State and a has also requested for sanction of five more AHTUs for effective anti-human trafficking operations.