Trafficking victims: KL assures help in repatriation
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 30: Malaysian High Commission at New Delhi has reportedly assured that necessary arrangements for repatriation of the five girls from Manipur and Assam who were sold off to a night club of Malaysia after being taken on false promises of job offer may be made by the Malaysian Government if they are actually victims of human trafficking.

Meanwhile, along with formation of a Committee called the Committee on Repatriation of the Five Stranded Girls at Malaysia , the family members of the five girls and various other social organisations have demanded the State Government to pull up the local agents involved in the trafficking and award them exemplary punishment.

Talking to The Sangai Express from New Delhi, spokesperson of the North East Helpline, Moirangthem Modhuchandra informed that an official team of the Helpline yesterday called on the High Commissioner of Malaysia at New Delhi and discussed the matter.

During the course of the discussion, the Malaysian Higher Commissioner assured that if the five girls are really victims of human trafficking then the Commission would report the matter to the Malaysian Government so as to make necessary arrangements for their repatriation to India.

The Malaysian Government would not impose any fine or detain the five girls if they are victims of human trafficking.

The official team of the Helpline also called on the officials of the National Commission for Women yesterday who assured that information would be sent to the External Affairs Ministry for repatriation of the five girls.

Today, the official team of the Helpline met the Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah and submitted a memorandum urging for assistance in bringing back the five stranded girls to India safely.

On the other hand, Thuijingam Gangmei, convenor of the Committee on repatriation of the five stranded girls at Malaysia, formed jointly by the family members of the five girls and other social organisations, has called upon the State Government to exert pressure on the Centre for bringing back the five girls.

The State Government should also taken up necessary action to identity and punish the local agents involved in trafficking of the girls on false promise of providing them with job, Gangmei added.

It may be recalled here one Phillip Gonmei from Sibilong village in Tamenglong district had already been arrested by the police in connection with the case.

It is learnt that the Director of the Union Home Ministry communicated to one of the officials of the Committee to provide the names and other related details of the five girls who have been duped and sold off in a Malaysian night club.

After fleeing from the night club, the five girls are currently taking shelter in a destitute home.

Out of the five girls, four of them are from Tamenglong district of Manipur, while the other is from Assam.

However, all of them belong to Zeliangrong community.