There are 39 countries placed in the US special watch list of nations where special scrutiny of their anti-trafficking efforts are needed under 2003 US law. India is also figured in the list. The state department said while releasing an interim assessment of these countries for 2007.
However, the government of India has said in Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for 2006 that the government has achieved some progress in combating the human trafficking problem.
But the report also said that the government of India still needed to go further in designating and empowering a national agency or office.
These offices would be specifically carried out an effective law enforcement to trafficking crimes committed throughout the country.
According to the report, some of those 39 countries could be downgraded to the lowest “Tier 3” where governments do not act in accordance with the minimum standards of US Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorisation Act (TVPRA) of 2003.
According to latest United Nations report, Andhra Pradesh has the highest number of human trafficking cases in the country. The state police have been decided to hit hard on trafficking in the state.
The UNDOC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) has set up three specialized ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs)’ in the state.
UNDOC has selected four other high-risk Indian states to establish such units, but AP has got the highest priority.
The state has raised the priority of taking anti-human trafficking step. The state government is giving second importance to this problem next only to anti-Naxalite operations in the state.