Panaji: The cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes has hit scores of women rescued from human traffickers in Goa as many of them hold no bank account, while restrictions imposed on their movement poses a challenge in getting defunct notes exchanged.
Bringing to light the plight of such women, Goa-based NGO ARZ (Anyan Rahit Zindagi) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
“Victims of commercial sexual exploitation lodged at different government and non-government shelter homes across India are not allowed to go out of the institution due to their safety. Many of them do not have bank accounts as a result they are unable to exchange old notes of Rs 500 andRs 1000 from banks,” ARZ Director Arun Pandey said in the letter addressed to the PM.
“The inmates’ inability to exchange notes may result victims losing money, which they have saved or managed to get from the brothel keepers and traffickers with the intervention of police and NGOs,” he said.
Pandey, in the letter requested to the PM to intervene and ensure that inmates of shelter and protection homes acorss the country do not suffer in the wake of the demonetisation of higher denomination notes.
ARZ, working towards combating human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) in the state, is mandated in prevention, protection, rehabilitation, repatriation and prosecution. It is appointed as the nodal NGO of integrated anti human trafficking unit, by the Goa Police.