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State Commission for Women Dragging its Feet on Probe

The Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) is yet to complete its probe into the alleged trafficking of women from North Eastern States to Goa who under the guise of being employed as beauticians were actually forced into flesh trade.
It may be recalled that police had raided a beauty parlour at Candolim and rescued 11 girls from Manipur who were working there besides arresting the owner of the parlour along with five male employees at the parlour.
The raid was conducted following an enquiry from the Deputy Superintendent of Police in Manipur who had received a complaint from the family members of the girls working in Goa who claimed that the girls were forced into prostitution.

The rescued girls were initially kept in a protective home and after all the formalities were completed including recording their statements, were sent back to their native state.
The Goa State Commission for Women had intervened in the matter after the Nagaland State Commission for Women had sought information from it.
However, even though two months have lapsed since then, the GSCW is yet to complete its investigation in this case, which incidentally is the first case of inter-state trafficking registered with the commission.
GSCW Chairperson Ezilda Sapeco assured that the report would be submitted shortly. She condoned the delay on grounds that since this is the first case wherein girls from another state were trafficked, the commission want to be thorough in their probe so as to not leave any lacunae.
Besides, she also pointed out that the Commission has other cases under investigation which also need attention.

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