Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that the Government is planning to set up anti-trafficking cells in states and would formulate a national plan for strict action against human trafficking in the country.
The minister also said that the government also proposes amendments in the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956 for providing strict legal framework to effectively deal with the problem.
"The Ministry for Women and Child Development is piloting amendments in the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956 to enhance its scope for introducing stringent punishment against traffickers," Chidambaram said.
"The Home ministry has formed a nodal cell through which it is coordinating on matters relating to trafficking in human beings with other ministries and state governments," he added.
He also provided figures, which pointed out that 4,087 cases of trafficking were reported in 2007, out of which 3,568 cases were concerned with immoral trafficking.
Chidambaram further said that states should take required steps to address immoral trafficking and the central government would help them in wiping out the problem.