179 Nepalese rescued from being trafficked in Indian border town

March 1, 2019 | Brainwave Science

179 Nepalese rescued from being trafficked in Indian border town

SITUATION

Moreh, a bustling commercial town in Manipur, India is near the Myanmar border is an emerging point for human trafficking. 179 persons including 147 women have been rescued this month by the state police.

The modus operandi of the traffickers was to take their victims to Moreh via air and land and then make them cross the border over to Myanmar. From Myanmar, they would be sent to countries in West Asia like the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kuwait, etc.

According to the statement issued by the Manipur Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, the rescued persons had neither their passports nor tickets with them. Most victims, both boys and girls, were highly educated and fluent in English. While a few of them flew to the state’s capital from National Capital Delhi, most flew to Bagdogra in West Bengal. From there, they took a train to Dimapur in Nagaland, and then boarded buses to Imphal and Moreh.

In the police crackdown, at least eight persons were arrested. However, the main handlers of this case, who are apparently a couple, escaped, taking away all of their travel documents, including their Nepali passports.

Moreh, besides being a centre for legal border trade of cheap Chinese electronics and garments, is notorious for smuggling activities, from Burmese precious stones to animal products, teak, sandalwood, supari, gold, arms and contraband drugs. However, until now, human trafficking had not made it to the list of illicit activities which take place here.

CHALLENGE

Myanmar is already notorious for military actions against the Rohingya people. A US report says that Myanmar is among the worst places for human trafficking.

As many as 301 people crossed over to Myanmar from December 2018 to January 2019 via Moreh. The next round of the operation will be taking place in Myanmar. Indian and Myanmar authorities are collaborating to track those who have already crossed the border.

Moreh is India’s gateway to South East Asia. This has made Moreh a preferred route for trafficking of people to South East Asia and West Asia.

Nepali people have long been trafficked to other countries, mostly through India as cheap labor and sex workers. There have been plenty of news reports of their rescue from hotels, sometimes even from the Capital of India.

The Government of India had made it mandatory for every Nepali citizen flying abroad from India to produce a “no-objection certificate” from the Nepali embassy. This appears to have prompted traffickers to drop the air route and opt for new land routes.

The success of the Manipur rescue operation can be attributed to collaboration between several different organizations with different fields of expertise. In 2012, an NGO Network named Impulse developed a highly confidential information sharing software with the help of all the Director Generals of Police of the eight northeastern states.

Through this software, all officers of anti-human trafficking units of the northeastern states as well as concerned police officers are connected online. This can ensure speedy communication between various law enforcement authorities in India as well as outside the country.

In this emerging migration trend, there is a need for a highly-trained border force backed by modern technology to ensure unsafe migration does not take place.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. There are more than 27 million human slaves globally, as you read this. By using conventional methods, the agencies across the globe will only be able to make a slight change in the worldwide trafficking framework.

If the agencies want to weed out human trafficking once and for all, then a revolutionary method is needed to speed up interrogation and investigation. It needs to be applicable globally, to be scientific, to be reliable, easy to deploy, less costly than any other forensic method, have no counter-measures, and be highly accurate.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science is a thought leader at the forefront of emerging and sophisticated technology. It aims to take forensic science to the next level. It has introduced a revolutionary technology called iCognative. It is a scientific solution which measures and reads the brain’s involuntary electrical activity in response to a subject being shown stimuli relating to a crime. iCognative has been tested by world-renowned institutions and security agencies.

iCognative helps the best performing security intelligence by providing them intelligence, quality data, and speedy processing in order to help them solve complex crimes.

iCognative is an advanced and collaborative tool. It is so sophisticated that it can detect subjective testing and inaccurate subject response to stimuli.

A iCognative subject is tested for the presence of crime-related information in his or her brain. In order to achieve this, the test subject, who usually is a witness or an arrested suspect, is made to wear a specialized headset. Then he or she is made to look at a computer screen on which stimuli, in the form of pictures, images or phrases are displayed. The memory centers of the human brain respond to the sight of familiar stimuli with a distinct change in electrical activity.  In other words, brain waves cannot lie.

The headset records these changes in electrical activity and relays them to the iCognative computer. Here, the inputs are analyzed as they come and the results are reported as soon as the usually 45-minute-long test is concluded.

In the case of the rescue of 179 locked up Nepali women and men, the investigation is being carried out. The 8 arrested suspects they could be made to undergo the iCognative test. The stimuli, in this case, would be pictures, and details of the dates and times on which the trafficked persons were brought to Moreh, confidential details about where they were housed, names and pictures of the trafficked persons, details of their associates in Nepal, India, Myanmar and destination Gulf countries, when found, known trafficking routes beyond the Myanmar border, known corrupt immigration officials, other known smugglers operating in the border town  etc.

iCognative will not only help to detect the presence of crime-related information in the brains of arrested suspects but also help to establish links between a suspect and known trafficking networks, places, and events. iCognative is not only limited to human trafficking but, it is also equally applicable to law enforcement, national security, border control, immigration, counter-terrorism, and drug trafficking.

The Indian and Myanmar anti-trafficking authorities must try out iCognative to quickly unearth the criminal organizations behind international menace of human trafficking. It will also help to gain crucial intelligence on the counterfeiting and smuggling of Chinese goods prevalent in the area.

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