Delhi HC to govt: Register, regulate placement cells to curb trafficking

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In a landmark judgement to tackle trafficking of adults and minors from various parts of India to Delhi through placement agencies, the Delhi High Court has directed the Labour Department of the Government of NCT of Delhi to register all the placement agencies within a finite period of time. Hearing a public interest petition, the Bench said the registration would involve recording the details of the persons running the placement agencies as well as the full details of the persons who are provided employment through these cells. The Court issued these directions after being told that trafficking in men, women and children was taking place on a large scale and in the guise of providing employment these persons were kept in bondage with their wages not paid for years together. The High Court also directed the Child Welfare Committee and the Delhi Commission for Women to verify the information provided by the placement agencies and particularly decide cases regarding withholding of wages, harassment and abuse, long hours of work and lack of basic facilities, including medical care and food. Legal aid was to be provided to the child or woman and the placement agencies were to be fined for any misconduct, the court stated.