The newly formed Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Coimbatore City Police has so far rescued two school-going boys wandering on the streets and two infants used by their mothers for alms-seeking.
Police officials said that while abductions for ransom or enmity are dealt by Crime Branch, the very objective of AHTU was to prevent trafficking of women for flesh trade and bonded labour and children for alms-seeking, organ exploitation, bonded labour and child labour.
The AHTU that came into existence on January 21 has within the last 16 days rescued four children.
The first instance was a phone call from the public about a mother indulging in alms-seeking by displaying her nine-month-old male infant and another woman seeking alms exploiting the sympathy of the people by showing her seven-month-old male infant both in the heart of the city.
In both the cases, the babies were taken over and considering the age of the infants and the plea of the fathers of both the infants, they were let off with a warning.
In another incident, the AHTU personnel rescued two school boys.
The children were lodged at Anbu Illam run by Don Bosco and their parents were informed.
In the event of even suspicion of trafficking of children and women, the public could call the AHTU at 0422-2309220 for timely action, the officials said.
Source : The Hindu