Human Rights Issues

What is Operation AAHT?


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Operation AAHT

Mains level: Human trafficking preventive measures

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has launched a nationwide ‘Operation AAHT’ to curb human trafficking.

We can site such examples in essays as well as mains as initiatives for curbing human trafficking in India

Operation AAHT

  • As part of this operation, special teams will be deployed on all long-distance trains/routes with focus on rescuing victims, particularly women and children, from the clutches of traffickers.
  • The RPF will act as a bridge cutting across States to assist the local police in the mission to curb the menace.
  • The infrastructure and intelligence network of the force could be utilized to collect, collate and analyse clues on victims, source, route, destination, popular trains used by suspects, identity of carriers/agents, kingpins etc and shared with other law-enforcing agencies.

Why need this mission?

  • The Railways, which operate about 21,000 trains across the country daily, is the most reliable mode of transportation for the traffickers who often move their victims on long-distance trains.
  • Thousands of Indians and persons from neighboring countries are trafficked every day to some destinations where they were forced to live like slaves.
  • They are also being trafficked for illegal adoptions, organ transplants, working in circus, begging and entertainment industry.

Also read

[Burning Issue] Draft Anti-Trafficking Bill, 2021


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