Another trafficking case
Tamenglong girls flee Malaysia night club

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 24: After the recent incident of rescuing one boy and 16 girls hailing from Ukhrul and Senapati District by Dimapur police from being trafficked to Chennai on promises of jobs, five girls, four of them from Tamenglong district and another from Assam but belonging to Zeliangrong community who had been taken to Singapore on a similar promise but were sold off to a night club at Malaysia reportedly fled and have taken refuge in a destitute home.

After fleeing from the night club, the five girls are now reportedly staying in a destitute home at Singapore run by Reverend David of Tamil Nadu.

It is said that the girls do not have their passports and visas in their possession.

The home at Singapore where they are currently putting up is located near the Indian Embassy.

In connection with this incident, human rights activist Kinderson Pamei told The Sangai Express that he came to know about it after one of the girls and Reverend David himself contacted him.

The Reverend in particular communicated that the girls have no means of coming back as their passports and visas are not with them and urged to make necessary arrangements for the girls to come back home, Kinderson said, while informing that he had also submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as Union External Affairs in this regard.

The family members of the girls from Tamenglong have also lodged complaint with the police.

Out of the five girls, two hail from Dailong village in Tamenglong sub-division, one from Khunjaron village, also under the same sub-division and another one from Phaithingjang village under Khoupum sub-division of Tamenglong district.

The other girl is from Assam but belonging to Zeliangrong community.

The five girls had been reportedly taken to Singapore by an agent from Tamenglong on promise of providing them with job as domestic helpers in January this year.

In connection with this latest case of trafficking, president of United Naga Council (UNC) Samson Ramei said they have also heard about it informally.

After establishing the truth of the matter, UNC would take up appropriate action and would not remain quiet, he said.

Expressing serious concerned over the incident, Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women Dr Ch Jamini said the light of increase in cases of human trafficking the State Government should not remain indifferent but take up appropriate measures to curb it.

It is high time for the parents to be cautious, she said, adding that the Commission has not yet received any definite report on the latest incident.