PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has directed police to crack down on all the alleged illegal job agents who, on the pretext of giving jobs in foreign countries, extort money and land applicants to human trafficking knowingly or unknowingly.
CM Pramod Sawant addressed the gathering on the occasion of State Level Conference on Anti-Human Trafficking.
“I have directed police to crack down on all the alleged illegal job agents, who, on the pretext of giving jobs in foreign countries, extort money and land applicants to human trafficking knowingly or unknowingly,” said CM Sawant.
He further said that some people even met him at his office, claiming that agents had taken lakhs to grant them a job abroad, but they were later tortured, and some of the candidates even got arrested.
“Some youth from Goa are taken to other countries in the name of work, but actually they are trafficked; Goa police should be proactive in such cases and not wait till someone files a complaint,” he added.
He said that Goa police are the strong arms of the government that allow the people of the state to live peacefully and maintain law and order.
“With the changing time, the challenges faced by the machinery have also kept on changing; there are various criminal minds at work, and this positions as a threat to the safety and well-being of the people and our police are also up to date and ready to fight,” he said.
Sawant said that one of the major causes of concern across the country is the menace of human trafficking. This is of serious concern and leads to exploitation in the form of prostitution, forced marriages, begging and organ trade, drug trade and arms trading,” CM said.
“The nation should be drug-free. To ensure zero tolerance of drugs in India, we should work as a team. The home ministry has taken note of Goa’s detention centre and has told other states to create similar ones for foreigners, the way we do,” he said.
CM Sawant said that labour-category persons bring drugs like ganja and charas by buses and trains. International tourists also bring drugs.