Anti Human Trafficking Units in UP

The Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) notified DGP Orders on extension of AHTUs jurisdiction (971 KB) by the state government as police stations for the entire district for registration and investigation of all cases relating to the crime of human trafficking which would be in addition to the other police stations in the district.

Sr. No. Names of Districts which have AHTU Names of other Districts Associated with District having AHTU Sr. No. Names of Districts which have AHTU Names of other Districts Associated with District having AHTU Sr. No. Names of Districts which have AHTU Names of other Districts Associated with District having AHTU
1. Agra Mathura, Aligarh, Hathrash, Etah 13. Firozabad Mainpur, Fathehgarh 25. Mau  
2. Allahabad Banda, Chitrakoot, Kaushambi, Fathehpur, Pratapgarh 14. Gautambudh Nagar Bulandshahar 26. Meerut  
3. Azamgarh   15. Ghaziabad Hapur 27. Moradabad Sambhal
4. Badaun Kasganj 16. Gorakhpur Deoria 28. Muzaffar Nagar Saharanpur, Shamli
5. Bagpat   17. Hardoi   29. Pilibhit  
6. Bahraich Gonda 18. Jaunpur   30. Shajahanpur  
7. Balia   19. Jhansi Hamirpur, Mahoba, Lalitpur, Jalaun 31. Shrawasti  
8. Balrampur   20. Kanpur Nagar Kanpur Dehat, Kannauj, Etawah, Auraiya 32. Sidharthnagar  
9. Barabanki Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar 21. Khiri   33. Sitapur  
10. Bareilly Rampur 22. Kushinagar   34. Unnao  
11. Basti Sant Kabirnagar 23. Lucknow Rai Bareilly, Amethi, Sultanpur 35. Varanasi Gazipur, Chandauli, Sant Ravidashnagar (Bhadohi), Mirzapur, Sonbhadra
12. Bijnor Amroha 24. Maharajganj        

Objectives of Anti Human Trafficking Units

  • Take up the crusade against all Criminal aspects of the crime of human trafficking particularly in women and children
  • Organize Training of Trainers at the National, State and District levels in law enforcement, legal, administrative and physiological aspect of the case.
  • Centre to provide funding for ToT programmes.
  • Developing a detailed database on the criminal activity of trafficking in humans by effective use of Information & Communication Technology.
  • Create an Anti-Trafficking Portal to act as a knowledge repository as well as nodal point for all stakeholders
  • Sharing of information across stakeholders, states and organizations for effective implementation of Anti-Human trafficking measures relating to its criminal aspect and promoting best practice in this area.
  • Internet based Web Portal/ Databases • E-mails • Mobile Phones • NGOs • Help Lines
  • Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies, concerned government departments and NGOs who have the expertise and capacity to assist trafficked victims, and to institutionalizing this cooperation.
  • Implement Standard Operating Procedure

Responsibilities for AHTUs

  • Ensuring focused attention in dealing with offences of human trafficking and providing a multidisciplinary approach and a joint response by all stake holders
  • Ensuring an 'organized crime' perspective in dealing with trafficking crimes.
  • Bringing about inter-departmental collaboration among the police and all other government agencies and departments, such as women and child, labour, health, etc.
  • Conducting rescue operations with the assistance of NGOs whenever they receive information about trafficking activities either from police sources, or NGOs or civil society,
  • Ensuring a victim-centric approach which ensures the ‘best interest of the victim/ survivor’ and prevents ‘secondary victimization/ re-victimization’ of the victim
  • Gender sensitive and child rights sensitive approach in dealing with trafficked victims;
  • Functioning as the grass roots unit for collection and development of an exhaustive database on all law enforcement aspects of the crime, including information on traffickers and trafficking gangs, activity.
  • The AHTUs will be integrated task forces to prevent and combat trafficking in persons and will be constituted of a group of trained sensitive officials of the Police and the Women and Child welfare and department of the State, and also reputed local NGOs. They will function as coherent units.

The Central government has provided funds for each of the AHTUs for the following

  • 1 Office Tables 10 Chairs
  • One computer table
  • Almirah for books & records
  • Mobile phone instrument @ Rs. 3000 per instrument
  • Digital Camera with memory stick for evidence collection & short video recordings
  • One Vehicle (Driver and POL to be provided by the State Government)
  • One Motor Cycle
  • Landline phone installation with broadband connection
  • Desk-top Computer with latest configuration and accessories including internet connection h.
  • Relevant legal & other Books

The State government has provided the following man power at each of the AHTUs

  • Police composition of AHTU -
  • One Inspector,
  • 2 Sub-Inspectors
  • 2 Head Constables
  • 2 Constables
  • One representative to be associated from the following State Departments whenever it is required -
  • Women and Child Development
  • Health and Family Welfare
  • Labour and Employment
  • Prosecution

Amendments in State Acts

Under The Uttar Pradesh Control of Goondas (Amendment) Act, 2015, Section 2 (xi) : Under The Uttar Pradesh Control of Goondas (Amendment) Act, 2015, Section 2 (xi) (1.21 MB)

…is involved in human trafficking for purpose of commercial exploitation, forced labour, bonded labour, child labour, sexual exploitation, organ removing and trafficking, beggary and the like activities…

Has included the said offences in the definition of "Goondas"

Under The Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention)(Amendment)Act, 2015 Section 2 (xviii) : Under The Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention)(Amendment)Act, 2015 Section 2 (xviii) (830 KB)

…is involved in human trafficking for purpose of commercial exploitation, forced labour, bonded labour, child labour, sexual exploitation, organ removing and trafficking, beggary and the like activities…

Has included the said offences in the definition of "gang"

Important UN protocols on Anti Human Trafficking & Best Practices

Operation Smile

The specialities of the campaign "Operation Smile" are as follows:

  • To develop as resource persons through the training of subordinates in context with missing children and to make aware of the various legal provisions and juvenile justice Act related to human trafficking.
  • To encourage the police employees to register FIR in spite of missing, at PS level and to create responsiveness amongst subordinate employees about missing children.
  • To make effort to recover the missing children in all over India through making teams on the basis of assessment of data of missing children.
  • Special search out at religious places, flyovers, railway stations, shelter homes etc.
  • To search the children and rescue the child labourers with the coordination of active NGOs in child trafficking.
  • Operation Smile Team will search the children staying minimum one week at a place and make aware of the local people about Operation Smile.
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