In an initiative to enable media to capture anti-child trafficking issues and pave the way to prevent child trafficking, My Choices Foundation conducted a one-day media sensitisation workshop at Birbhum, West Bengal on 8 March 2021.
Lieutenant Dr. Hemanta Saha, Professor of Botany at Vidhya Sagar College in Birbhum inaugurated the programme and spoke on the importance of International Women’s Day, and how media can play a role in uplifting the lives of many women stuck in the clutches of trafficking. He appreciated the efforts of the My Choices Foundation’s work to end trafficking in West Bengal.
Vivian Isaac, the Programme Director of My Choices Foundation briefed the objectives of the workshop and management of Surokhito Gram Karyakrom (Safe Village Program in Bengali), anti-child trafficking campaign at Birbhum, Bankura and Bardhaman and sought support from the media fraternity for empowering the villages/communities on prevention of child trafficking and child sexual exploitation. He said, “The pen can reach where the sun cannot”.
Touching upon what child trafficking is all about, Soma Chakraborthy, Community-Based Organisation Liasion Officer applauded the journalists for their efforts and encouraged them to shape stories that point to solutions and counter misconceptions. She emphasised, “The story needs to be told in an informed voice grounded on empathy and sensitivity for the people to understand what trafficking is and why it must be eradicated.”
Adding a legal perspective to the programme, Ajjur Rehman, Public Prosecutor spoke about constitutional and legal dimensions and the existing laws under the Constitution of India. It was emphasised that stronger implementation of laws would be one of the pathways to end child trafficking.