Two Female trafficking victims rescued in Nagaland, India

April 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Two Female trafficking victims rescued in Nagaland, India

SITUATION

Two women from Assam who were victims of trafficking had been rescued from Nagaland on Sunday. One lady is a resident of Guwahati and the other one hails from Tezpur. Both of them had been missing since the day of Mahashivaratri, a mega festival which was celebrated across India on 21st February 2019.

They had been taken to Nagaland with the promise of jobs but later had been sold into human trafficking rings. A center for the protection of women has rescued the women with the help of Nagaland Police. These centers have been set up by the National Mission for Empowerment of women by the Ministry of Women and Child Development,  across India, to provide support and assistance to women affected by violence.

More than 100 Nepalese human trafficking victims, mostly minors were rescued from across Manipur province including Imphal, belonged to another country. These victims have been lured on false promises of employment in various countries. They were to be taken to Myanmar and then onwards to Middle East countries.

Some Rohingya girls have also been rescued in the recent past. Some girls from Manipur had been trafficked to other states and countries on the pretext of education, training, and employment.

According to reports, the Indo-Bangla border had become a haven for trafficking of women and children.

According to the records available with the Home Ministry, 159 women were arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the eastern border till February 2018. 58 children were arrested by the agencies during the period. The records, however, said that 574 women were arrested in 2017 whereas 1062 women were arrested in 2016. According to the records, 123 children were arrested in 2017 and 225 children were arrested in 2016.

CHALLENGE

Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh are the seven North-Eastern states of India close to the Myanmar border where the cross-border trafficking is common due to hilly terrain and porous borders.

In the past few months, hundreds of people were trafficked from India to neighboring countries in the East. Some of them were first trafficked from Nepal, a small land-locked country north of India. Manipur, a neighboring state to Nagaland is a preferred route for trafficking of persons to South East Asia and West Asia. People from within India and even Nepal are trafficked through India to countries in the South-East and Middle-East for quite some time. They are sent as cheap labor and sex workers. And are sometimes rescued en route from New Delhi hotels.

Because the Government of India made it obligatory for every Nepalese flying abroad from India to produce a “no-objection certificate” from the Nepali embassy, the traffickers ditched the air trafficking route and opted for land routes. There are NGOs (Non-Government Organization) which share information with the heads of Police departments of the North-Eastern Indian states. This software keeps all officers of anti-human trafficking units of the northeastern states and concerned police officers on the same page with respect to anti-trafficking intelligence. This, in turn, promotes speedy communication between law enforcement authorities in India and its neighboring countries.

The border forces on either side of Indo-Nepal, Indo-Myanmar, etc borders need to be assisted by modern technology to ensure that unsafe migration does not take place.

There are more than 27 million human slaves/prostitutes globally, making human trafficking one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. By using traditional methods, global agencies will struggle to catch up with the traffickers, let alone defeat them.

If the agencies want to eliminate human trafficking, then a revolutionary method is required to speed up interrogation and investigation. It needs to be globally applicable in order to be able to share its findings and share its knowledge base. It must be based on solid scientific fundamentals, be reliable, be easy to deploy, be cost-effective,  be fool-proof and accurate.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science 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 intelligence agencies by providing them information, quality data, and speedy processing in order to help them solve even the most difficult 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 centres 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 the 2 women, the investigation is being carried out. The suspects when arrested 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 women were brought, confidential details about where they were housed, names and pictures of the trafficked persons, details of their associates in Assam Province, Myanmar Province in 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 related crimes illegal immigration and counterfeiting which are prevalent in the area.

Main Source: Nenow

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