Mizoram : Police rescue 23 girls from Nepal while being trafficked

May 2, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

At least 23 girls from Nepal allegedly trafficked for flesh trade were rescued by Mizoram police. Mizoram Inspector General of Police (intelligence and law and order) LH Shanliana said that the Nepali girls, believed to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued from Aizawl and Champhai near Myanmar border last week. He said that a non-Mizoram resident identified as Lal Bahadur, suspected to be involved in trafficking the girls, has been arrested by police.

According to the police officer, the girls in their teenage were trafficked from Nepal and were suspected to be sent to South-East Asian countries via Mizoram for forced prostitution. All the victims have been sent to protective homes, he said. He added that investigation is on to find out if there is any link between the locals and international traffickers.

On being asked the girls informed the police that they came for exposure tour and to attend a festival in Mizoram. He said that police check posts along the international borders and inter-state boundaries have been alerted to prevent the entry of foreigners and human traffickers from neighboring countries.

The Mizoram police had also arrested a group of Rohingya women near the Assam border while en route to Aizawl. Shanliana said that eight Muslim women aged between 18 and 22 were arrested on April 23 at the entry point of Vairengte check gate for failing to produce valid travel documents (Inner Line Permits).

Later, the women revealed that they were Rohingya Muslim and abducted by human traffickers from a refugee camp in Bangladesh to be sent to Malaysia, he said. The women were produced before a fast track court in Kolasib on April 24, which fined and ordered that they should be sent to the foreigner detention center in Assam.

CHALLENGE

Due to hilly terrain, North East India has porous borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar. Indian border States like  Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram have many trafficking routes for the flow of goods, humans, and cattle to and from India. Mizoram

Until recent times, the Nepalese people were being trafficked out of India by the air route. The government of India then 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. Mizoram

The Mizoram rescue operation was successful because of ongoing coordination and cooperation amongst several organizations with different fields of expertise.

Since 2012, a highly confidential information sharing software has been in place with the help of all the Director Generals of Police of the eight northeastern states. This emphasizes the importance of sharing real-time crime-related data between investigating agencies.

The global trend of the opening of borders is good for the economy, one must understand that there will be also the movement of people. Such movement should be under tight scrutiny to not allow the trafficking of innocent and misled people. An efficient border force is required to screen the people moving across to identify traffickers, victims of trafficking and criminals including terrorists.

Other than Aizawl and Champhai in Mizoram, there are many other trafficking routes like Lungwa in Nagaland, Moreh in Manipur, etc.

If the agencies want to defeat 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.

An 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 21 Nepalese girls, a man named Lal Bahadur has been arrested. The suspect could be made to undergo an 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 Aizawl and Champhai, confidential details about where they were housed, names and pictures of the trafficked persons, details of their associates in Nepal, India, Myanmar and destination 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 applicable to law enforcement, national security, border control, immigration, counter-terrorism and human and drug trafficking.

The Indian and Myanmar anti-trafficking authorities must try out iCognative to quickly unearth the criminal organizations behind the international menace of human trafficking. It will also help to gain crucial intelligence trafficking of goods and cattle through these routes

Main Source: NorthEastIndia24

 

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