‘IT-BT has become pretext for human trafficking’

Just what his expertise on the subject, or experience thereof, we do not know. But Mysore’s new police commissioner Bhaskar Rao has thrown a nice little pebble in the placid pond of tech, and said, “IT-BT has become a pretext for human trafficking” and that the police need to be on their guard constantly.

At a workshop on the role of the police in human trafficking on Sunday, Rao said in the past women used to be abducted by dangling the carrot of domestic work. “Now they are being wooed with promises of jobs in IT, BT and BPO sectors,” he is quoted as saying by the Mysore editions of Praja Vani and Deccan Herald.

“Earlier it [human trafficking] would take place usually under the pretext of getting jobs for women as domestic aids, but the fact that the menace has made its entry into the advanced sectors too is worrisome.

“Womenfolk who are deprived of love and respect will obviously have an inclination to move towards where they can get them, and it comes handy to the people who take undue advantage of the same in pursuit of quick bucks,” the police chief said.

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Is the police chief confusing “human trafficking” for “body shopping“? Or is human trafficking—a term used to describe the recruitment, transportation or transfer of people for the purpose of exploitation using force, deception or fraud—taking place? Is force being used to woo women? Only women? Or is Rao speaking through his metaphorical hat?

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